India reported 12,885 new cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the overall tally of infections to 3,43,21,025 since the pandemic began in January last year. The number of new cases was marginally higher than Wednesday’s count of 11,903.
The toll rose by 461 to 4,59,652. As many as 3,37,12,794 people have recovered from the infection so far. The active caseload has dropped below 1.50 lakh.
On Wednesday, the Centre asked the governments of Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir to check rising the number of infections and increase testing.
Additional Secretary of the Union Health Ministry Arti Ahuja stressed that it was necessary to follow protocols.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization granted approval for Indian drugmaker Bharat Biotech’s vaccine for emergency use listing, paving the way for it to be accepted as a valid vaccine in other countries.