A Covid-19 vaccine, developed by drug companies Pfizer and BioNTech has shown 90% efficacy against the infection in phase three trials, the firms said on Monday.
Earlier in the day, the health ministry said that Delhi has overtaken Maharashtra and Kerala as the highest contributor to daily Covid-19 cases. The Capital reported 7,745 cases on Sunday, its highest tally yet.
Actor Chiranjeevi K on Monday said he has tested positive for the coronavirus. However, he is asymptomatic.
India recorded 45,903 Covid-19 cases, pushing the tally in the country to 85,53,657, according to the health ministry’s data. The toll rose by 490 to 1,26,611 in 24 hours. There are 5,09,673 active cases and 79,17,373 recoveries.
The global tally, meanwhile, has crossed 5 crore. Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 5.03 crore people and killed 12,55,250 people, according to the John Hopkins University data. The recoveries stand at 3,29,71,528.
The national helpline number for the coronavirus is 011-23978046, and a toll-free number 1075.
These are the helpline numbers for states and the Union Territories.