India reports 16,505 fresh coronavirus cases, death toll nears 1.50 lakh
India has reported 16,505 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of cases to 1,03,40,470 while the country also saw 214 deaths in the past 24 hours.
With 214 fresh deaths, India’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 1,49,649.
Among the over 1.03 crore total cases, there are 2,43,953 active cases while 99,46,867 have recovered. In the past 24 hours, India saw 19,557 recoveries, as per the Union Health Ministry.
Meanwhile, the Indian drugs regulator on Sunday approved the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute along with the indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country, paving the way for a massive inoculation drive.
The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) granted approval on the basis of recommendations by a Covid-19 Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).