NEW DELHI: India has reported 92,071 cases of COVID-19, taking the total tally to 48,46,427 and out of that, 9,86,598 are active cases, 37,80,107 people have recovered and 79,722 people died.
For the past three weeks, the nation has been reporting at least 1,000 new deaths daily due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished for a productive monsoon session of Parliament and lauded the parliamentarians for choosing to work amidst the pandemic and lockdown. He also stressed the importance of COVID-19 vaccine.
In Delhi, the government ordered 28 big private hospitals to reserve 80% of their total ICU beds for COVID-19 patients as so far only 35% of the total 2,201 ICU beds are earmarked for the treatment.
Maharashtra has the highest number of COVID-19 cases. Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said that the state accounts for 40% of COVID-19 cases, therefore, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray should fight against COVID-19 rather than the opposition or actor Kangana Ranaut.
Globally, there are 2,89,94,241 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 84,45,850 are active cases, 1,96,24,520 people have recovered and 9,23,871 people have died.
Pfizer Inc. Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said that the U.S. will deploy a COVID-19 vaccine to the public before year-end.
In New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the authorities will lift coronavirus restrictions across the country on September 21, except in its biggest city Auckland.
Amidst all this, Chinese virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan has claimed that the novel coronavirus was made in a government-controlled laboratory in Wuhan and that she has proof to back her claims.