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India’s coronavirus cases went up 45,209 in the last 24 hours taking the total number of infections in the country to 90.95 lakh, according to government data. There has been a slight dip in infections since Saturday when it recorded 46,232 cases. Five hundred and one deaths were reported in the last day taking the total fatalities due to the deadly disease to over 1.33 lakh.

There are over 4.4 lakh active COVID-19 cases in the country and over 85 lakh patients have recovered so far from the highly contagious disease. Over 43,000 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours. A total of 10,75,326 test have been conducted in the last 24 hours. The total tests conducted so far stands at 13.17 crore. The positivity rate stands at 4.2 per cent while the total recovery rate is 93.68 per cent.

Delhi reported the highest number of cases in 24 hours with 5,879 cases. The capital also saw 111 deaths in a day, the highest in the country in 24 hours. Infections in Delhi have soared over the five-lakh mark as well.

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Maharashtra remains the top affected state in the country with over 17.74 lakh cases. There are over 80,000 active cases in the state and in the last 24 hours Maharashtra recorded 5,760 cases. The total number of deaths in the State is over 46,000. The other top affected states are Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Over 400 ICU beds have been added to state and private hospitals across Delhi in the past five days to combat the surge in COVID cases, the government said Saturday. The Arvind Kejriwal government, which has promised a total of 1,400 new ICU beds to deal with this health crisis, said 206 beds had been added.

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Authorities in Haryana’s Gurgaon and Faridabad have started random testing of people coming into the cities from Delhi which is struggling with its worst phase of the COVID-19 pandemic so far. Over 400 people have been checked at the border and have found three positive cases. Earlier, Noida had also started random checks.

Led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has started working on a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan to ensure it can “administer the vaccine at the first available opportunity” to its healthcare workers and elderly people amid reports of some vaccines showing promising results. At a virtual G20 summit on Saturday, PM Modi said, “Coordinated efforts by the largest economies of the world will surely lead to faster recovery from this pandemic.”

Several drug companies are involved in developing a vaccine to fight COVID-19. Many are in advanced stages of trials and they have reported over 90 per cent effectiveness. The third phase of human trials of Covaxin, India’s homemade vaccine also started on Friday.
Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla has said the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine should be available for healthcare workers and elderly people by around February 2021 and by April for the general public, and will be priced at a maximum of ₹ 1,000 for two necessary doses for the public.
Some cities in Rajasthan have imposed a night curfew amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state, a news agency. No one except those providing essential and emergency services will be allowed to come out from 8 pm to 6 am in the state. The Rajasthan government has imposed night curfew in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar and Bhilwara.