India reported 21,257 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, which is just five per cent lower than Thursday’s figure when the country reported 22,431 cases. The country also reported 271 deaths due to coronavirus.
The active COVID-19 cases in India comprise 0.71 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020 — the active caseload at present is 2,40,221, lowest in 205 days.
The national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.96 per cent, highest since March 2020. At least 24,963 recoveries in the last 24 hours took the total number of recoveries to 3,32,25,221 in India.
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Latin America’s death count from Covid-19 surpassed 1.5 million Friday, according to an AFP tally drawn from official figures. The count is at least 1,500,350 deaths, with more than 45 million cases of the virus recorded.
Brazil in particular surpassed 600,000 deaths on Friday, the second hardest hit country after the United States. After Brazil come Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina in terms of deaths.
Hungary and Serbia agreed for mutual recognition of India’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate, informed Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.
He said that the recognition of the vaccination certificates will cater to help people move across countries for education, business, tourism and other things in the post-pandemic world.
“Yet another country recognizes India’s vaccination certificate! Traditional friendship with Serbia translates into mutual recognition of Covid-19 vaccination certificates!” Mr Bagchi said in a tweet.
The United States will accept the use by international visitors of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by U.S. regulators or the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late on Friday.
On Sept. 20, the White House announced the United States in November would lift travel restrictions on air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It did not specify then which vaccines would be accepted.
A CDC spokeswoman told Reuters Friday, “Six vaccines that are FDA authorized/approved or listed for emergency use by WHO will meet the criteria for travel to the U.S.”