India reported less than 50,000 new daily cases for 11th continuous day with 38,617 new COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday.
According to the Health Ministry, the death count has gone up to 1,30,993 with 474 more persons succumbing to the virus.
The country has 446805 active cases, 83,35,109 “cured/discharged/migrated” and the total count of cases is 89,12,907. The recovery rate has improved to 93.52 per cent.
Delhi recorded 7,486 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the infection tally in the city to over 5 lakh, while 133 new fatalities, the highest single-day count till date, pushed the number of deaths to 7,943, authorities said.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi stands at 5,03,084. The city has 42,458 active cases.
The Centre has taken steps to increase the availability of ICU beds in the national capital in view of the rise in cases.
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The World Health Organization’s emergencies director warned Wednesday that vaccines would not arrive in time to defeat the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The WHO’s Michael Ryan said vaccines should not be seen as a “unicorn” magic solution — and countries battling a resurgence of the virus would once again have to “climb this mountain” without them.
“I think it’s at least four to six months before we have significant levels of vaccination going on anywhere,” he said, during a public question and answer session live on social media.
Despite recent promising announcements from final-phase candidate vaccine trials, “We’re not there with vaccines yet,” said Ryan.
“Many countries are going through this wave, and they’re going to go through this wave, and continue through this wave, without vaccines.
“We need to understand and internalise that, and realise: we have got to climb this mountain this time, without vaccines.”
US coronavirus deaths passed a quarter of a million people Wednesday as New York announced it would close schools to battle a rise in infections and protests in Europe against restrictions turned violent.
America has now registered 250,029 fatalities, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University, by far the highest national death toll.
US states and cities are imposing a raft of new restrictions, including home confinement, the closure of indoor dining and a limit on gatherings as cases soar across the country.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s 1,800 public schools would revert to remote learning beginning Thursday after the Big Apple recorded a seven-day average positivity rate of three percent.
“We must fight back the second wave of Covid-19,” he said.