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India reports the lowest number of new Covid-19 infections in nearly two months

The total case tally now stands at 7,175,880 out of which 838,729 are active cases receiving treatment. The death toll in India has reached 109,856.

India reports the lowest number of new Covid-19 infections in nearly two months
JEWEL SAMAD AFP

India continues its downward trend in new Covid-19 infections as the country has reported 55,342 new infections over the previous 24 hours ending on Tuesday 8 a.m. - the lowest number of new infections reported since 18 August when 55,079 cases were registered. According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry, the country's case tally currently stands at 7,175,880.

Following 77,760 new recoveries, India now has 838,729 active cases while as many as 6,227,295 have been treated, discharged, or have since migrated; 706 people have succumbed to the infection over the past 24 hours raising India's Covid-19 death toll to 109,856.

47% of registered coronavirus deaths are aged under 60

The health minister also revealed that 47% of people who succumbed to the infection were below 60 years old - 70% of the total deaths were male patients while 30% of fatalities occurred among females.

"About 53 percent COVID-19 deaths registered among those aged 60 and above, 35% in 45-60 years, 10% in 26-44 years and 1% each in the age-group 18-25 years and below 17 years,"  Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan today said that a Covid-19 vaccine is expected to be available by early 2021 with several sources that have the potential to produce an effective vaccine.

"We're expecting that early next year, we should have vaccine in the country from maybe more than one source. Our expert groups are already formulating and devising strategies to plan on how to roll out the distribution of the vaccines in the country, who do we give the vaccine first and then, of course, we are strengthening the cold chain facilities," Dr. Harsh Vardhan said during a meeting of the Group of Ministers.