India reached a grim milestone on Wednesday as the total number of coronavirus cases in the country crossed the 3-crore mark. Since the beginning of the pandemic in January 2020, India has reported 3,00,28,709 infections. Of this, 50,848 cases were reported on Wednesday alone. This is a 19% increase from Tuesday, when only 42,640 cases were reported.
However, the active cases decreased to 6,43,194 – the lowest in 82 days. The number of recoveries have reached 2,89,94,855. The country’s toll rose by 1,358 to 3,90,660.
Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, showed 77.8% efficacy in phase 3 trials, according to reports.
British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said its vaccine worked against the Delta and Kappa variants of Covid-19, which were first identified in India.
Globally, the coronavirus disease has infected over 17.90 crore people and killed more than 38.80 lakh since the pandemic broke out in December 2019, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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