India has logged 66,23,815 coronavirus cases so far with 74,442 new infections. 903 deaths in the last 24 hours have pushed the total death count to 1,02,685. 76,737 patients have recovered from the infection in the country in the last 24 hours. With 55,86,703 people in the country having recovered since the beginning of the pandemic, the overall recovery rate is 84.3 per cent. India is the second worst-hit country in the world by the pandemic after the United States. The country reported its first case on January 30.
Maharashtra, India’s worst COVID-19-affected state, added 12,548 new cases, with the total number of infected people reaching 14.43 lakh. Over 4 lakh restaurants, bars, and hotels in Maharashtra will reopen today after a gap of six months as part of the fifth phase of easing COVID-19 restrictions, called Unlock 5.
The Finance Ministry has said in its September economic review report that India may have “crossed the peak of coronavirus caseload”, stressing that “consequent demand resurgence is palpable in many sectors”.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said the government plans to provide Covid vaccines to around 25 crore (250 million) people – of the country’s 130 crore (1.3 billion) – by July 2021. He said the government would receive between 400 and 500 million vaccine doses for this purpose and that it would ensure “equitable access”.
Global coronavirus infections have soared past 3.51 crore, as countries tighten restrictions to halt the health crisis that has upended life for most of humanity.
The US remains the country hit hardest by far by the health crisis gripping the world, with over 2.09 deaths.