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Saturday, 28 November 2020 11.36 AM IST

32% jump in one-day cases, India’s covid tally past 89 lakh

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NEW DELHI: India detected 38,617 cases and 474 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday, taking the country’s overall Covid caseload to 89.12 lakh. India’s 89,12,908 cases includes 4,46,805 active cases, 83,35,110 recoveries and 1,30,993 deaths.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to US President-elect Joe Biden Tuesday night, the first phone conversation between the leaders since the latter won the American presidential elections. PM Modi and Biden discussed their shared priorities and concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic, among other things.

With several vaccines for the novel coronavirus in late-stage clinical trials, the Indian government is strategising their distribution. On Monday, Dr V K Paul, member, NITI Aayog, who heads the high-level national expert group on vaccine administration, said the government was relying on the five candidates being clinically tested in India. This is because, he said, candidates like Pfizer and Moderna are yet to be granted licences in India, and are likely to first be delivered to countries that have already signed deals with these firms. The doses are likely to arrive in India months later. Paul said the candidates being tested locally will be able to fulfill the large domestic requirements.

The Union Health Ministry Tuesday reiterated the need to be careful and implement “Covid appropriate behaviour”. In view of the festive season, it said the “effects of polls, Durga Puja, Diwali may be seen in coming weeks. We have to keep watching new cases very carefully.”

Delhi, which continues to contribute the highest number of cases to India’s Covid-19 tally, may soon see curbs on activities again, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal writing to the Centre seeking permission to reduce wedding functions to 50 persons and shut down local markets. The national capital reported 6,396 new cases on Tuesday, taking its total number of infections to 4,95,598.

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