Corona Updates You Must Track: Efficacy In 50 Per Cent Cases Must For COVID Vaccine, India Tally Climbs to 56.46 Lakh

In Delhi, the government has identified 33 areas as emerging COVID-19 hotspots, which include Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar and Laxmi Nagar

Kritika Banerjee Published Sep 23, 2020 11:55:04 IST
Corona Updates You Must Track: Efficacy In 50 Per Cent Cases Must For COVID Vaccine, India Tally Climbs to 56.46 Lakh A COVID-19 awareness drive in Chuchura, West Bengal. Photo: Twitter/@BOC_MIB

India cases and toll: A day after reporting a little over 75,000 cases of coronavirus, the daily cases rose to 83,347 in the last 24 hours, between 8 am Tuesday and 8 am Wednesday. India’s COVID-19 tally has climbed to 56,46,010 with 9,68,377 active cases, 45,87,613 recoveries and 90,020 fatalities, according to the data available on the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

In the last 24 hours, 1,085 people have succumbed to the disease across the country—the fatality rate stands at 1.59 per cent while the recovery rate has improved to 81.25 per cent. On Tuesday, a total of 9,53,683 tests for COVID-19 were conducted across India.

At least 50 per cent efficacy must for COVID-19 vaccine: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Tuesday said that the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine could be anywhere between 50 and 100 per cent. “100 per cent efficacy is not achieved in vaccines for respiratory viruses,” said ICMR chief Dr Balram Bhargava at a press briefing.

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has also recently issued draft guidelines for experimental COVID-19 vaccines in India. The guidelines have listed various safety protocols including a 50 per cent efficacy in clinical trials.

Emerging hotspots identified in Delhi: The Delhi administration has identified 33 areas as emerging hotspots for COVID-19, as per a report in Hindustan Times. Some of these areas are Connaught Place or CP, Lajpat Nagar, Laxmi Nagar and Paschim Vihar.

With 3,816 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, Delhi’s coronavirus count has climbed to 2,53,075. The national capital currently has 31,623 active cases while 2,16,401 people have recovered from the disease. Thirty-seven people died in Delhi due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking the overall toll to 5,051.

covid-tracker-23-september_092320114551.jpgCOVID-19 tracker for 23 September. Source: Twitter/@COVIDNewsByMIB

Global corona update: The global coronavirus tally has gone up to 3,17,83,676 with 74,07,408 active cases, 2,34,00,797 recoveries and 9,75,471 deaths, as per Worldometer. Of the currently infected patients, 62,083 are in serious or critical condition.

Meanwhile, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a virtual media briefing on Tuesday said that there is no “guarantee that any vaccine in development will work”, reported Hindustan Times. “The more candidates we test, the higher the chance we will have for a safe and efficacious vaccine,” he said.

New study finds a link between dengue fever and COVID-19 immunity: A study led by a professor at Duke University has found that the exposure to dengue fever could provide some immunity against COVID-19, reported Reuters. The yet-to-be-published study, which analyzed the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil, found that regions that reported slower growth of COVID-19 infections had witnessed major dengue outbreaks in the recent past.

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