India’s COVID-19 cases crossed the 8 lakh-mark with 27,114 cases and 519 deaths reported in the last 24 hours across the country. Now the total number of positive cases stand at 8,20,916 including 2,2123 fatalities, 2,83,407 active cases, and 5,15,386 recoveries, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. India is the third worst-hit nation, behind only the United States and Brazil.
Also, lockdown restrictions have been announced in Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Pune, amid a surge in the number of cases. Maharashtra continues to remain the worst-affected state with 2,30,599 cases including 9,667 deaths, followed by Tamil Nadu with 1,26,581 cases and Delhi at 1,07,051 cases.
Meanwhile, notwithstanding the ICMR’s ambitious timeline to produce a Covid vaccine, officials and scientists from CSIR, the Department of Science and Technology and Department of Biotechnology on Friday told a Parliament panel that no vaccine appears possible before early next year, it was learnt.
Globally, over 12 crore people have been infected with the virus and 5,56,383 have died. The World Health Organisation has formally acknowledged the possibility that the novel coronavirus can remain in the air in crowded indoor spaces, where “short-range aerosol transmission… cannot be ruled out”.37