New Delhi: India registered a spike of 63,489 coronavirus cases and 944 virus-related deaths within the past 24 hours, pushing the total tally and fatalities to 25,89,682 and 49,980 respectively. Also Read - COVID-19: This New Model May Speed Drug Discovery For Coronavirus

“The COVID-19 tally in the country rises to 25,89,682 including 6,77,444 active cases, 18,62,258 discharged & 49,980 deaths,” the Health Ministry said in its morning briefing on Sunday. Also Read - Role of Selenuim in Fight Against The Novel Coronavirus

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1) A total of 2,93,09,703 samples have been tested up till 15th August for COVID-19. Of these, 7,46,608 samples were tested yesterday, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.

2) The Vaishno Devi shrine in the Trikuta Hills of Jammu and Kashmir today opened its doors to the pilgrims, after remaining suspended for nearly five months. The yatra was suspended on March 18. Only 2,000 visitors will be allowed per day. Out of these 2,000 visitors, 1,900 would be from J&K and the remaining 100 from outside.

3) The first phase of the human clinical trial of Bharat Biotech and ICMR’s Covaxin has suggested that the indigenous vaccine is safe to use. The second phase of the clinical trial will begin in September. Dr Savita Verma, the principal investigator who is leading the trial at PGI, Rohtak, has said no adverse events have been observed in the volunteers who received the vaccine at the site, indicating that COVAXIN is safe.

4) Researchers have found the likely order in which COVID-19 symptoms first appear — fever, followed by cough, muscle pain, and then nausea, and/or vomiting and diarrhoea. Knowing the order of the Covid-19 symptoms may help patients seek care promptly or decide sooner than later to self-isolate.

According to the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health, recognising the order of symptoms also could help doctors plan how to treat patients, and perhaps intervene earlier in the disease

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 21.3 million, while the deaths have increased to over 769,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 21,377,367 and the fatalities rose to 769,652, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities at 5,359,748 and 169,463, respectively, according to the CSSE. Brazil came in the second place with 3,317,096 infections and 107,232 deaths. India occupies the third spot.