India reports 2,841 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours.
A day after North Korea first admitted that it was battling a COVID outbreak, South Korea announced it would send COVID-19 vaccines and other medical supplies to the North. "We will discuss detailed plans for assistance with North Korea," a spokesman for President Eun Souk-yol said in a statement, according to Reuters.
India recorded 2,841 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of coronavirus cases to 4,31,16,254. According to the Health Ministry data, the active cases have come down to 18,604 today.
The health ministry said active cases comprised 0.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.74 per cent. A decrease of 463 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in the 24-hour period. According to the health ministry, the daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.58 percent and the weekly positivity rate was 0.69 percent.
Mumbai on Thursday reported 139 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily count since February 23, but no deaths linked to the infection were reported in the financial capital, the city's civic body said. With this, the city's total Covid-19 tally rose to 10,61,177, while the death toll remained unchanged at 19,563, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a bulletin.
Meanwhile, the cases of coronavirus are also increasing rapidly across the world. North Korea recorded its first patient on Thursday and within hours, the country's leader Kim Jong Un announced a lockdown as the country plunged into a health crisis. Six people were also reported to have died from a fever that spread "explosively", news agency Reuters quoted local media as saying. Other countries including China, Italy and the US are also seeing an increase in their daily cases.
"However, the same benefit was not observed when Covaxin was given as a booster shot followed by two Covishield doses," an official source told PTI. "Keeping in view the programmatic challenges, the matter will now be discussed in the NTAGI Standing Technical Sub-Committee meeting for final recommendations," the source said.