India’s COVID-19 case level a third of its September peak

New Delhi: India has reported 31,521 newly confirmed coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, dropping to just over a third of the peak level seen in mid-September.

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India’s single-day cases have remained below 50,000 for more than a month.

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The health ministry also reported 412 deaths Thursday, raising India’s total fatalities to 141,772.

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India’s health ministry says some coronavirus vaccines are likely to receive licences in the next few weeks. It has outlined an initial plan to immunise 300 million people.

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Three vaccine companies have applied for early approval in India: Serum Institute of India, which has been licensed to manufacture the AstraZeneca vaccine, Pfizer Inc., and Indian manufacturer Bharat Biotech.

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