India showed signs of gaining control over the spread of coronavirus infection as new cases in a day fell to their lowest in four months. The total tally, however, is still likely to hit the 90-lakh mark within days.
India added just over 29,000 fresh cases in a matter of 24 hours — lowest since July 14 — taking the total tally to over 88.7 lakh in the world’s second-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Nov. 17. That includes nearly 83 lakh recoveries and 1.3 lakh deaths.
Hospitalisations in New York state increased by the most since the peak of the pandemic in April. New Jersey said its intensive-care unit bed use has quadrupled over the past six weeks, and Pennsylvania required travelers to test negative or undergo quarantine. Illinois will close indoor dining, museums and casinos as part of a series of new restrictions.
Angela Merkel warned that the situation in Germany remains “very serious,” while expressing optimism that an economic recovery will gather pace once the pandemic is brought under control. Boris Johnson was advised to consider strengthening regional restrictions after England exits its second national lockdown next month. Italy reported the most virus deaths in seven months.
Globally, over 55.3 million cases of coronavirus have been reported while 1.33 million of them died due to the infection.
Pfizer Inc. Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said that a key safety milestone had been reached in the study of its Covid-19 vaccine, and the drugmaker is now preparing to seek an emergency-use authorisation.
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