With India reporting 48,648 cases in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus cases rose to 80.88 lakh on Friday. The country has been recording less than 50,000 infections for the last five days and the active cases have fallen below the six lakh mark, to a level seen in the first week of August. Also, the total number of fatalities has reached 1.21 lakh, 5,94,386 are active cases and 73,73,375 people have recovered.
The Maharashtra government on Thursday extended the lockdown till November 30 without allowing any new activities in the latest order. Sources said the government may allow some activities to resume in the coming month.
Meanwhile, a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Kevadia Colony in Narmada, where he will inaugurate several projects around the Statue of Unity, as many as two dozen police personnel tested positive for coronavirus during mandatory tests and were quarantined.
On vaccine-related news, the Supreme Court Thursday issued notice to the Centre on a plea which alleged two drugs, Remdesivir and Favipiravir were being promoted for treatment of Covid-19 patients without clearance from regulatory authorities.
Globally, over 44 million people have been infected worldwide till now. More than one million have succumbed to the virus. The United States continues to be the worst-affected followed by India and Brazil.