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A healthcare worker collects a swab sample from a woman in Noida, India. Adnan Abidi/Reuters
India crossed the grim milestone of 9 million coronavirus cases, with 45,882 new infections recorded in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday.
India records rise in daily coronavirus cases as tally nears 9 million
UAE announces 1,153 new COVID-19 cases
India is only the second country to cross 9 million coronavirus infections, after the United States, but cases have slowed down in the country after hitting a peak in September.
Deaths rose by 584, with the total now at 132,162, the health ministry said.
Government officials and experts have warned that the country could still see a spike after the festival of Diwali was celebrated this month.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the country mounted to 8.79 million cases, while the deaths rose to 129,635 , health ministry data showed on Sunday.
India hopes five locally-tested vaccines will help it to control COVID-19, as those developed by Pfizer and Moderna may not be available to it in big quantities soon.
As per Health Ministry data, the total death toll rose to 1,31,578 with 585 more fatalities in the last 24 hours, a jump of 24 per cent over the previous day's figure.
India recorded 38,310 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 8.27 million, health ministry data showed on Tuesday.
The dramatic performance ‘Seeds of the Union’ was broadcast live from Abu Dhabi at 6:15 pm. The show took the form of a moving sculpture surrounded by sea and illuminated by visuals portraying themes inspired by UAE history and values.
Global Village in Dubai sets off a massive fireworks display for its guests and Dubai residents on the occasion of the 49th UAE National Day on Wednesday night.
To mark its 49th National Day, the UAE launched the surveillance satellite Falcon Eye into space from the French Guiana Space Centre, in South America, at 5:33am UAE time (01:33 GMT).
The department of health said in a statement, “The government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine for use."