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India adds close to 98,000 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, tally crosses 51-lakh mark Covid-19
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India adds close to 98,000 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, tally crosses 51-lakh mark

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 17 Sep 2020, 10:40 am

New Delhi/IBNS: The total number of Novel Coronavirus cases in India on Thursday crossed the 51-lakh mark as the country of 1.3 billion people reported a record spike in Covid-19 cases by adding 97,894 fresh infections in the last 24 hours.

With the new cases, India's Covid-19 tally has touched 51,18,253.

83,198 Covid-19 patients have so far succumbed to the virus with 1,132 people dying from the disease in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the Serum Institute of India (SII) has got the nod of the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to resume the phase two and three trials for Covid-19 vaccine, which has been developed by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

The Oxford vaccine trial was first halted by AstraZeneca after a suspected serious adverse reaction was seen in a participant in the United Kingdom last week.

Following the development, the SII had also halted the vaccine trials in the country.