India reported a record daily jump of 97,894 coronavirus infections in 24 hours, taking its tally past the 51-lakh mark, the Health Ministry data this morning showed.
With 51,18,253 infections, India is the world's second-worst affected country, and trails only the United States, which has a caseload of around 66 lakh.
For the first time, the number of active cases in the country have crossed the 10-lakh mark, the data showed.
In the 24-hour period, India reported 1,132 deaths linked to the virus, taking the total number of fatalities to 83,198.
Delhi reported its highest single-day spike on Wednesday as 4,473 fresh cases were reported in the national capital. Delhi's COVID-19 tally now stands at 2.30 lakh.
Phase-I clinical trials of the two candidate vaccines indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR and Cadila Healthcare Ltd have revealed "excellent safety", Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey informed the upper house that their phase II clinical trials are currently underway.
BDST: 1208 HRS, SEP 17, 2020