Coronavirus News Live Updates: Today is the 372nd day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. India reported 56,211 new coronavirus cases in a span of 24 hours, taking the country’s COVID-19 tally to above 1.20 crore, according to Union Health Ministry data. Registering a steady increase for the 20th day in a row, the active cases have increased to 5,40,720. The death toll increased to 1,62,114 with 271 fatalities. Globally, more than 12.55 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 27.56 lakh have died so far. India has begun the second phase of the vaccination drive in which everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. India’s regulator has granted restricted emergency use approval for two vaccines — Covishield and Covaxin. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 6.11 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry.
MARCH 31, 2021 / 05:12 PM IST
Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Japan wants further probe into COVID-19 origins
Japan is calling for further investigation into the origins of COVID-19, saying the WHO report released this week was based on work that faced delays and lacked access to essential virus samples. In order to prevent future pandemics, it is indispensable to carry out prompt, independent and experts-led investigations that are free of surveillance, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters. We are concerned that the latest investigation faced delays and the lack of access to virus samples.
The World Health Organization’s report was released Tuesday after experts travelled to Wuhan, China, the city where illnesses from the coronavirus were first detected in late 2019.
China has touted its cooperation with WHO and warned that attempts to politicize the matter would cost lives. The US and other countries say the WHO report lacked crucial information, access and transparency and further study was warranted. Kato called for additional investigation and analysis and said Japan will encourage WHO to consider additional investigation inside China.
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