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India registers 7,145 new COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours amid Omicron spread scare Omicron
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India registers 7,145 new COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours amid Omicron spread scare

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 18 Dec 2021, 09:41 am

New Delhi: India, a nation which is witnessing a spike in Omicron cases, registered 7,145 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, as per data released by the Ministry of Health on Saturday.

During the same period, 391 people died due to the disease.

India's Active caseload currently stands at 84,565, lowest in 569 days.

Active cases account for less than 1 percent of total cases.

It currently stands at 0.24 percent.

8,706 recoveries were recovered in the last 24 hours.

Recovery Rate currently stands at 98.38 percent.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday announced that  it has granted emergency approval to the India-manufactured COVID-19 vaccine Covovax.

"Today, the World Health Organization issued and emergency use listing (EUL) for NVX-CoV2373, expanding the basket of WHO-validated vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus," the WHO said in a statement.

The vaccine, named CovovaxTM, is produced by the Serum Institute of India (SII) under license from Novavax and is part of the COVAX facility portfolio.

The vaccine approval is "a much-needed boost to ongoing efforts to vaccinate more people in lower-income countries."