The overall number of global coronavirus cases has crossed the 100-million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 2.1 million, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Here are the top 10 developments this morning:
- The US state of South Carolina has confirmed the first two known cases in the United States of the South African novel coronavirus strain, the state’s Health Department said in a press release on Thursday.
- India on Thursday sent a total of 6 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Sri Lanka and Bahrain under the “Vaccine Maitri” initiative.
- India has gifted over 55 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccine to neighbouring countries so far, External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday.
- India has been fulfilling its global responsibility from the beginning in the tough conditions created by COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday and noted that the country is saving the lives of people in many other countries by sending vaccines against coronavirus.
- India will vaccinate 300 million people including the elderly and those with co-morbidities against COVID-19 in the next few months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.
- The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia rose by 13,695 in the past 24 hours to 1,037,993, with the death toll adding by 476 to 29,331, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.
- Pharmaceutical firm Valneva has begun manufacturing its candidate vaccine against COVID-19 at a site in Scotland, the UK government said on Thursday.
- The capital of Mexico has registered 464 COVID-19 deaths over the past day, Mexico City Major Claudia Sheinbaum said.
- Sri Lankan President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines to the island nation.
- Russia registered 19,138 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, up from 17,741 the day before, taking the tally to 3,793,810, the coronavirus response center said on Thursday.
(With ANI inputs)