Covid-19 live updates: Modi’s UN speech pitches India as vaccine-making hub

Covid-19 live updates: Modi’s UN speech pitches India as vaccine-making hub

A health worker gives a visitor a Covid-19 vaccine shot at a health centre at the Parel Railway Workshop, in Mumbai on September 24, 2021. (PTI Photo)

A health worker gives a visitor a Covid-19 vaccine shot at a health centre at the Parel Railway Workshop, in Mumbai on September 24, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Coronavirus updates: India recorded 28,326 new cases of Covid-19 and 260 deaths overnight, said the health ministry on Sunday, marking a 4.3 per cent dip in numbers since Saturday.

The country has 33.6 million Covid-19 cases in total and 4,46,918 people have died of the disease, said the ministry. Active cases—people being treated–have increased to 3,03,476.

India has developed the world’s first DNA vaccine that can be given to everyone older than 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the United Nations on Saturday. “Come, make vaccines in India,” he told the General Assembly on Saturday.

“Team India is making new records in vaccination, setting up an example for the world,” he on Mann Ki Baat, his monthly recorded TV show the next day.

Modi is now speaking on his monthly radio show ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

Kerala’s government announced new guidelines to contain Covid-19 cases, allowing hotels, restaurants and bars to open with 50 per cent seating capacity. Air-conditioning in hotels will be off.

World coronavirus updates: Russia reported 22,041 new cases of Covid-19 in a day, the highest since August 14, according to the government’s virus response center. Total cases have reached 7.398 million, Bloomberg reported Saturday.

Iran will receive its first batch of the Pfizer vaccine in the near future, the country’s Food and Drug Administration said in a statement, reversing a ban on the imports of the shot for being co-developed by an American company.

The more infectious nature of the delta mutation of the coronavirus has seen it almost completely displace the beta variant in South Africa, the discovery of which led to widespread travel bans.


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