India's COVID-19 case count has crossed the 56-lakh mark with a rise of 83,347 new cases today. In the last 24 hours, 1,085 deaths were recorded in the country, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The total case count now stands at 5,646,011 including 9,68,377 active cases, 45,87,614 cured and discharged cases. A total of 90,020 people have died due to COVID-19 in India till now.
India reported its lowest daily tally of coronavirus cases in almost a month on Tuesday as it prepares for clinical trials of a potential Russian vaccine in the next few weeks. However, India is consistently reporting the highest tally of daily cases anywhere in the world as a dense population and often rudimentary healthcare infrastructure hamper attempts to control the pandemic.
Drugmaker Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd said it could begin late-stage trials of a vaccine within the next few weeks. Indian trials of the Sputnik-V vaccine candidate, being developed by Russia's sovereign wealth fund, will enroll 1,000-2,000 participants and be conducted at multiple government and private hospitals across the country.
The coronavirus pandemic appears to be accelerating worldwide, with new cases soaring last week to a new seven-day high of almost two million, even as new deaths decreased, WHO statistics showed. The World Health Organization said that during the week ending on September 20, 1,998,897 new cases of the novel coronavirus were registered around the world.
BDST: 1503 HRS, SEP 23, 2020