New Delhi – India’s COVID-19 tally reached 9,050,597 on Saturday even as 46,232 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the health ministry, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
According to the data, the death toll mounted to 132,726 as 564 more patients died since Friday morning.
There are still 439,747 active cases in the country, while 8,478,124 people have been discharged from hospitals after medical treatment, added the ministry’s latest data.
The federal government’s focus has been on ramping up COVID-19 testing facilities across the country. Till Friday, a total of 130,657,808 tests were conducted, out of which 1,066,022 tests were conducted on Friday alone, said the figures released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the COVID vaccine Covaxin, which is being developed by India’s biotechnology company Bharat Biotech International Limited, entered the third phase of trial on Friday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened a meeting on Friday to review the country’s vaccine strategy.
He discussed crucial issues such as prioritisation of sub-populations and tech platform for rolling out the vaccine once it is finally developed and tested. – Bernama