LIVE: Delhi records zero Covid-19 related deaths on Wednesday, 134 new cases

Updated on Feb 17, 2021 10:40 PM IST

Globally, the disease has killed more than 2 million people and surge of new variants raise concerns for world leaders as well as healthcare workers.

A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine called COVAXIN.
A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine called COVAXIN.(REUTERS)
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Coronavirus cases are dropping worldwide but experts have asked people to exercise caution and follow preventative measures. The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said that it has recorded a drop in number of new cases of Covid-19 across the world. It also said that the number of fresh fatalities has also dropped by 10%."

With 11,610 new Covid-19 cases, 100 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, India’s tally of Covid-19 infections reached 10,937,320, according to figures released by the Union ministry of health and family welfare on Tuesday. The toll from the disease has gone up to 155,949 with 109 deaths recorded since Monday. The fatalities per million due to the coronavirus disease were at 112 on Tuesday.

Globally, the disease has infected 110,022,111. The UK government identified an extra 1.7 million people in England at serious risk of coronavirus after using a new computer model that takes into account age, ethnicity and body mass index as well as medical conditions. Japan's first coronavirus shots were given to health workers Wednesday, beginning the vaccination campaign considered crucial to holding the already delayed Tokyo Olympics.

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