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Test tubes are seen in front of a displayed Sputnik V logo in this illustration (Photo: Reuters)

Coronavirus updates: India reported 31,222 new cases of Covid-19 and 290 deaths from the disease in 24 hours, said the health ministry on Tuesday, marking a 19.8 per cent decrease in daily infections compared to Monday.

The new cases took the total to 33.1 million and fatalities are at 441,042. Active cases—patients under treatment for Covid—are fewer than 400,000, said the ministry.

The Kerala high court on Monday asked the Union government to allow the administration of the second dose of the Covishield vaccine after a gap of four weeks for those wishing to take the jab early, and willing to pay for it.

Maharashtra can celebrate festivals later and must prioritise slowing down Covid-19 cases, said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Monday. “The situation can go out of hand in view of the spike in daily cases,” he said in a statement.

World coronavirus updates: Japan’s health ministry said that a man in his 40s died after receiving the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine from production lots that are being recalled due to possible contamination, Bloomberg quoted public broadcaster NHK as saying.

Thailand is set to reopen more of its popular tourist destinations starting next month, betting that a higher local inoculation rate can help draw more foreign visitors and revive an economy battered by the pandemic.

South African scientists said the so-called C.1.2 variant spread at a slower rate in August than in the prior month, suggesting it’s unlikely to become a dominant strain.


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