India reported more than 60,000 new coronavirus cases for a seventh straight day on Tuesday, as infections moved beyond cities and spread further into smaller towns.
India reported 60,975 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 3.17 million, data from the federal Health Ministry showed. Deaths rose by 848, taking the total number to 58,390.
The Russian Ambassador on Tuesday formally reached out to India as New Delhi had formally approached Russia for a partnership for the production of the Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V. The Indian Embassy in Moscow has been engaging with the Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology, which has developed the vaccine, to get safety and efficacy data on the vaccine trials.
Meanwhile, JMM chief Shibu Soren, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, was shifted to a private hospital on Monday evening as a precautionary measure, official sources said. Soren, 76, and his wife Roopi tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and were in home isolation as they did have symptoms, they said.
However, taking into account his age and medical record, the former chief minister was shifted to the Medanta Hospital in the evening, they added. His condition is currently stable, official sources said. The JMM supremo’s son and Chief Minister Hemant Soren was found to be COVID-negative. His wife Kalpana also tested negative for COVID-19, officials said. They were tested for COVID-19 for the third time.