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India crosses 50-lakh mark with spike of over 90,000 new cases, 1290 deaths in last 24 hours

India Today logo India Today 16-09-2020 India Today Web Desk

India's coronavirus cases tally crossed the 50-lakh mark on Wednesday with a spike of 90,123 cases and 1,290 deaths in the last 24 hours.

A BMC health care worker and doctors check the temperature in the Jarimari, Kurla on August 5, 2020 in Mumbai. © Satish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty Images A BMC health care worker and doctors check the temperature in the Jarimari, Kurla on August 5, 2020 in Mumbai.

As on Wednesday, the case tally stands at 50,20,360 including 9,95,933 active cases, 39,42,361 cured/discharged/migrated and 82,066 deaths, as per the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

On Tuesday, India reported a spike of 83,000 new coronavirus cases, taking the country's total case tally past 49 lakh.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state in India as it continues to witness a sharp rise in daily cases. Delhi, the national capital, is also witnessing a sharp spike over the past few weeks.

The government on Monday said India has been managing the Covid-19 crisis well and more efforts will be taken as the situation evolves.

Meanwhile, the government is now considering granting an emergency authorisation for coronavirus vaccine to prevent the elderly and vulnerable.

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"If there is a consensus we may go ahead with it, especially in the case of senior citizens and people working in high-risk settings," health minister Harsh Vardhan had said.

While no date has been set for the launch of a vaccine for Covid-19, it is likely that positive news on it will arrive by the first quarter of 2021.

Follow the government's latest guidance on safeguarding yourself during the coronavirus pandemic, including travel advice within and outside the country. The World Health Organization has also busted some myths surrounding coronavirus. The Ministry of Health's special helpline is available at +91-11-23978046, ncov2019@gmail.com and ncov2019@gov.in.

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