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COVID Updates: Over 20,000 Cases Reported In 24 Hours, Human Trials For 2nd Vaccine

BP World Bureau | Jul 03 2020 10:42:14 AM
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NEW DELHI: India has reported 20,903 cases of novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in 24 hours.

So far in the country, there are 6,25,544 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 2,27,439 are active cases, 3,79,892 people have recovered and 18,213 people died.

The union health ministry revealed that in India the recovery rate is higher than active cases and the doubling rate is 21-22 days.

In a fast track method, the Indian Medical Council of Research (ICMR) has partnered with Bharat Biotech to complete the trial proceedings of the new vaccine. 

Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) is using the virus strain isolated at ICMR’s National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune and clinical trials will be held in 12 institutes. 

ICMR said that after the completion of all clinical trials, it is envisaged to launch the vaccine for public health use latest by August 15.

Similarly, Zydus, part of Cadila Healthcare Ltd, has received approval from Indian regulators to begin human studies for its COVID-19 vaccine contender.

People who came back home through Vande Bharat mission face a harrowing time with most of them spending six to seven hours to go through the complete process of security checks, screening, selecting a hotel for quarantine, and finally arriving at the facility.

Globally, there are 1,08,63,518 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 45,97,471 are active cases, 57,44,883 people have recovered and 5,21,164 people died.

The British government announced it is scrapping a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals from a number of countries deemed "lower risk" for the coronavirus.

A Japanese government spokesman said that they will not impose a state of emergency. 

The United States has recorded 54,879 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. 

US President Donald Trump reinitiated his attack on China, blaming them for the "plague." 

Brazil and Russia are reporting a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.