India records 35,551 new Covid-19 cases, 526 deaths in 24 hours

India records 35,551 new Covid-19 cases, 526 deaths in 24 hours

With 35,551 new Covid-19 infections, India's total number of coronavirus cases rise to 95,34,965.

526 new deaths have been reported and the total number of deaths so far is 1,38,648. The total number of active Covid-19 cases stands at 4,22,943.

The total number of patients discharged is 89,73,373 with 40,726 new discharges in the last 24 hours.

In a major development, the United Kingdom has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for use and said that it will be rolled out from early next week.

Britain's vaccine committee will decide which priority groups will get the jab first such as care home residents, health and care staff, the elderly, and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, the report added.

Pfizer said Britain's emergency use authorization marks a historic moment in the fight against coronavirus.

Both Pfizer-BioNTech and US biotech firm Moderna have reported preliminary findings of more than 90% effectiveness - an unexpectedly high rate - in trials of their vaccines.