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Ten states account for over 80 per cent of new Covid-19 cases
Ten states — Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Kerala have shown a rise in the COVID-19 daily cases accounting for 80.80 per cent of the new infections reported in a day, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
India’s daily new cases continue to rise. A total of 1,61,736 new cases were registered in a span of 24 hours.
India to produce 850 mn Sputnik V doses annually
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has said more than 850 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine are going to be produced annually in India, which has also given approval for the emergency use of the vaccine against coronavirus infections in the country.
The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has registered the vaccine under the emergency use authorisation procedure. This is based on results of clinical trials in Russia as well as positive data of additional Phase III local clinical trials in India conducted in partnership with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories.
India on Tuesday registered 1.61 lakh Covid-19 cases, surpassing Brazil to become the second worst-hit country from Covid-19. In some good news for the Centre’s vaccination strategy to combat the Covid-19 disease, India approved Russian jab Sputnik V as the third Covid-19 vaccine for restricted use in the country.
The approval to Russia’s Sputnik V was given based on a “very strong immunogenicity data” shown by the vaccine. The approval to Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine in India also assumes significance as several states have flagged the depleting stock of the vaccine doses.
In the meantime, the Haryana government joined several states to impose night curfew in the state with immediate effect while Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa warned that the state government could impose lockdown if the necessity arose.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to “martyrs” who lost their lives in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
Sushil Chandra was appointed as the next Chief Election Commissioner and he will assume charge today, a day after incumbent CEC Sunil Arora demits office.
As per the information of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), two drug peddlers were detained after Mumbai NCB conducted raids in areas of Malad, Parel and Santacruz last night. The raids were conducted in connection with a drug case related to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
Two youths, arrested in theft case in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur, made to walk together on Monday after one of them tested COVID-19 positive. A GRP official said, “We got them tested after producing in Court and one’s report came positive. Our vehicle broke down hence we had to take them to jail on foot.”