Highlights: WHO, Pfizer strike Covax deal for 40 million Covid-19 vaccine doses
India's tally of cases of the coronavirus disease is at over 10,625,428 after the Union health ministry on Friday reported that the country logged 14,545 new infections in the preceding 24 hours. India's caseload is the second-highest in the world, behind that of the United States, whose tally stands at over 24.6 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Brazil is at third, with a tally nearing 8.7 million. The three countries are far ahead of all the countries behind them in terms of their respective Covid-19 caseloads.
In a major scare on Thursday, fire broke out at the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), which is producing and manufacturing the Oxford University-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield, in India. However, it was clarified that the fire won't affect the production of Covishield as it broke out in a separate area within the SII complex while the vaccine production plant is located elsewhere inside the premises. While the blaze was doused hours later, five people were charred to death because of it.
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JAN 22, 2021 11:47 PM IST
WHO, Pfizer strike Covax deal for 40 million Covid-19 vaccine doses
The World Health Organization (WHO) and American pharmaceutical firm Pfizer announced a deal for 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for poor nations, through the Covax alliance. "I'm glad to announce that Covax has signed an agreement with Pfizer-BioNTech for up to 40 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine," WHO's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, reports AFP.
JAN 22, 2021 11:19 PM IST
Gujarat registers 451 new Covid-19 cases
Gujarat added 451 new coronavirus cases on Friday which pushed the overall tally to over 258,000. As many as 4,374 people have died while 248,650 have recovered, reports PTI.
JAN 22, 2021 11:11 PM IST
New Covid-19 variant found in the UK could be more deadly, says Boris Johnson
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters on Friday that evidence suggests the new coronavirus variant found in the UK not just spreads more quickly but is also more "deadly", reported Reuters.Adding that the available vaccines seem to be effective against both the new and old strain.
JAN 22, 2021 10:18 PM IST
Jharkhand records 75 new cases of Covid-19, 2 fatalities
Jharkhand reported 75 new cases of coronavirus, taking the state's tally to 1,18,154. 2 individuals also succumbed to the diseases pushing the death toll to 978, reported ANI.
JAN 22, 2021 09:22 PM IST
India sends Covishield vaccines to Mauritius
India manufactured Covishield vaccines reached Mauritius on Friday, tweeted external affairs minister S Jaishankar.
JAN 22, 2021 08:56 PM IST
Maharashtra records 2779 fresh cases of Covid-19 and 50 fatalities
Maharashtra recorded 2,799 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, pushing the statewide total to 20,03,657. On the same day Dharavi in Mumbai recorded zero new cases for the second time. 50 people succumbed to the infection and a total of 3,419 individuals were discharged within the same time period, reported news agency ANI.
JAN 22, 2021 07:54 PM IST
Karnataka records 324 new coronavirus cases and 3 fatalities in the past 24 hours
Karnataka on Friday recorded 324 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the statewide total to 9,34,576. 890 individuals also successfully recovered in the same time period, pushing the statewide tally of recoveries to 9,15,382. 3 people unfortunately succumbed to the infection, death toll in the state now stands at 12,190, reported ANI.
JAN 22, 2021 06:50 PM IST
Kerala records 6753 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours
JAN 22, 2021 05:37 PM IST
India ramps up vaccine export
Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava told newsagency ANI that India will be undertaking contractual supplies of indigenous vaccines to Brazil, Morocco, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia. He added that Sri Lanka and Afghanistan too will be added to the list once their respective governments grant regulatory clearance.
JAN 22, 2021 05:06 PM IST
India manufactured vaccines arrive in Seychelles
A consignment of India-manufactured Covishield vaccines reached Seychelles on Friday. External affairs minister S. Jaishankar took to twitter to commemorate the occasion.
JAN 22, 2021 04:56 PM IST
Andhra Pradesh reports 137 new cases of Covid-19, 4 fatalities
Andhra Pradesh on Friday reported 137 fresh cases of Covid-19, pushing the state wide tally to 8,86,694 cases. A total of 167 patients also recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative of total recoveries to 8,78,060. Four individuals succumbed to the infections raising the death toll to 7,146, reported news agency PTI.
JAN 22, 2021 04:23 PM IST
Malaysia records 3,631 new cases of Covid-19, 18 fatalities in 24 hours
Malaysia recorded a total of 3,631 cases of Covid-19 infection on Friday. The country also reported 18 fatalities in the last 24 hours, according to Reuters. The capital city of Kuala Lumpur along with five other states has been put under lockdown till February 4, to combat a surge in infection rate.
JAN 22, 2021 02:51 PM IST
Covishield vaccines arrive in Myanmar from India
"Acting East. Acting fast. Indian vaccines have arrived in Myanmar to contribute to our neighbour’s inoculation efforts," tweets external affairs minister S Jaishankar.
JAN 22, 2021 02:06 PM IST
Russia records over 21,500 new Covid-19 cases
Russia records 21,513 new Covid-19 cases and 580 deaths. Tally spikes to 3,677,352 including 68,412 deaths.
JAN 22, 2021 01:32 PM IST
Telangana's Covid-19 tally rises to 292,853
Telangana records 214 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths. Tally reaches 292,853 including 1,586 deaths.
JAN 22, 2021 01:06 PM IST
No new Covid-19 case in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands record no new Covid-19 case as tally remains at 4,991.
JAN 22, 2021 12:34 PM IST
No new Covid-19 fatality in Puducherrry
Puducherry records 22 new Covid-19 cases and 0 deaths. Tally rises to 38,794 including 643 deaths.
JAN 22, 2021 12:05 PM IST
India completes over 1 million Covid-19 vaccinations: Govt
India vaccinates nearly 10.5 lakh beneficiaries till 6th day of the nationwide Covid-19 drive: Health ministry
JAN 22, 2021 11:34 AM IST
67 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death in Jharkhand
Jharkhand reports 67 new Covid-19 cases and one death. Tally rises to 118,079 including 1,058 deaths.
JAN 22, 2021 11:12 AM IST
309 new Covid-19 cases in Thailand
Thailand reports 309 new Covid-19 cases as tally rises to 13,104. Death toll stays at 71.
JAN 22, 2021 10:39 AM IST
Germany crosses 2.1 million Covid-19 cases
Germany's Covid-19 tally reaches 2,106,262 with 17,862 new infections. Death toll at 50,642 with 859 fresh fatalities.
JAN 22, 2021 10:29 AM IST
Argentine football star Aguero tests Covid-19 positive
Argentina and Manchester City footballer Sergio Aguero announced on Thursday he has tested positive for Covid-19.
JAN 22, 2021 09:58 AM IST
India's tally of active Covid-19 cases under 190,000 now
With a dip of 3,620, India's active Covid-19 cases slump to 188,688. Recoveries rise to 10,283,708 with 18,002 new discharges.
JAN 22, 2021 09:40 AM IST
India registers 14,545 new Covid-19 cases; tally tops 10.62 million
India logs 14,595 new cases of Covid-19 as tally reaches 10,625,428. Death toll at 153,032 with 163 deaths.
JAN 22, 2021 09:18 AM IST
Covid-19 sample testing crosses190 million in India: ICMR
190,148,024 samples tested for Covid-19 till 21 January 2021. 800,242 tests on 21 January 2021: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
JAN 22, 2021 08:39 AM IST
Mexico records highest single-day death toll
Mexico records 1,803 new Covid-19 deaths, its highest in a day. Death toll reaches 146,174.
JAN 22, 2021 08:05 AM IST
Nearly 1 million vaccinated in India thus far: Govt
999,065 people vaccinated in India as of January 21, 2021. 192,581 vaccinations on January 21, 2021: Union health ministry
JAN 22, 2021 07:31 AM IST
Over 1,000 deaths in Brazil for third straight day
Brazil's death toll reaches 214,147 with 1,316 new fatalities, the third straight day with over 1,000 fatalities. Total tally at 8,697,368 with 59,119 new cases.
JAN 22, 2021 07:25 AM IST
Covishield consignments for Myanmar, Seychelles and Mauritius arrive at Mumbai airport
Covishield consignments for Myanmar, Seychelles and Mauritius brought at Mumbai airport for dispatch.
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