Over 87 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in India so far, informed the Union Health Ministry. “We have administered over 87,40,000 vaccine doses. Out of this, 85,70,000 are first doses and over 1,70,000 are second doses. These numbers are increasing,” said Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry, on Tuesday.
He added: “Active cases in the country are less than 1,40,000. Average daily deaths in the previous one week have also decreased to 93 and the cumulative positivity rate in the country is decreasing, as of now it is 5.27 per cent.”
In the last seven days, India has recorded 56 new cases per million population and 0.5 new deaths per million population, which is significantly lower than other countries.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India’s fight against COVID-19 is inspiring the world, though at the beginning of the pandemic other countries worried about the country’s situation.
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North Korean hackers tried to break into the computer systems of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer in a search for information on a coronavirus vaccine and treatment technology, South Korea’s spy agency said Tuesday, according to reports.
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The number of new cases of Covid-19 reported worldwide fell by 16 percent last week to 2.7 million, the World Health Organization said. The number of new deaths reported also fell 10 percent week-on-week, to 81,000, the WHO said late Tuesday in its weekly epidemiological update, using figures up to Sunday.
Five of the six WHO regions of the world reported a double-digit percentage decline in new cases, with only the Eastern Mediterranean showing a rise, of seven percent.
India’s fight against COVID-19 is inspiring the world, though at the beginning of the pandemic other countries worried about the country’s situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
India is following a human centric approach to furthering global good, which is based on a healthy balanced welfare and well-being, he said, virtually delivering the valedictory address to ”Heartfulness Practitioners” on the platinum jubilee celebrations of Heartfulness Institute of Shri Ram Chandra Mission.