A medic gives a Covid-19 vaccine dose to a woman at the state-run Civil Hospital in Lucknow, on September 9, 2021. (PTI Photo/ Nand Kumar)

Coronavirus update: India reported 34,973 new cases of Covid-19 and 260 deaths from the disease in 24 hours, said the health ministry on Thursday, marking a 19.1 per cent decrease in daily infections compared to Thursday.

The new cases took the total to 33.1 million and fatalities are at 4,42,009. Active cases–patients under treatment for Covid–are fewer than 4,42,009, said the ministry.

One vaccine dose alone is 96.6 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19 deaths in India, and two are 97.5 per cent effective, the health ministry said on Thursday.

World coronavirus update: The WHO’s Africa unit is pleading with countries that have vaccine supply agreements with the continent to fast-track these deliveries after Covax, the global program set up to immunize the world, cut its 2021 supply forecast by more than a quarter.

Ecuador registered an 85% decline in diagnosed Covid-19 cases as of the final week of August thanks to a public vaccination campaign that inoculated more than half of its people, Bloomberg quoted the Health Ministry as saying.

Microsoft said it won’t forecast a new date for a full reopening of its US work sites. The company said it will now open US work sites as soon as it’s able to do so safely based on public health guidance.

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