TN to reopen Sterlite plant in Tuticorin for four months to produce oxygen

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An all-party meeting convened in Tamil Nadu endorsed the reopening of Vedanta’s Sterlite copper unit in Tuticorin to produce oxygen for four months in an effort to help India, which is reeling under a severe oxygen shortage amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Delhi government on Monday announced free coronavirus vaccines to everyone above 18. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government had approved the purchase of 1.34 crore vaccines. He also urged the manufacturers to cut down the prices.

India on Monday reported a record-breaking 3,52,991 new cases in a day, taking the total number of infections since the pandemic broke out in January 2020 to 1,73,13,163. This is the highest ever single-day rise in cases reported by any country so far, and the fifth consecutive day when the country has set such a grim global record. For the first time, 2,812 deaths were registered. The toll is now 1,95,123.

Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 14.6 crore people and killed over 31 lakh since the pandemic broke out in December 2019, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 8.46 crore people have recovered from the infection.

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