2 hr agoIndia surpasses 26 million Covid-19 casesFrom CNN’s Swati Gupta in New Delhi
Medical staff transfer a Covid-19 patient to a hospital in New Delhi on May 18. Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty ImagesIndia reported 259,551 cases of Covid-19 Friday, bringing the country’s total caseload past 26 million. The country has recorded roughly 1 million cases since Monday.
Friday’s tally brings India’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 26,031,991, according to figures from the Indian health ministry.
India also reported 4,209 new virus-related deaths. The number of fatalities reported each day in the country have been consistently above 3,000 since April 28. India’s total coronavirus death toll stands at 291,331.
The country has seen a slight drop in new daily cases in the past week following several weeks of more than 300,000 infections per day.
A total of 191.8 million vaccine doses have been administered since the country began its vaccination program on January 16. On Thursday, India distributed 1,456,088 vaccine doses.
1 hr 58 min agoSouth Korea grants conditional approval for Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine From CNN’s Yoonjung Seo in Seoul, South Korea
Moderna vaccines are prepared for application at a United States military vaccination centre at Camp Foster on April 28, in Ginowan, Japan. Carl Court/Getty ImagesSouth Korea granted conditional approval for Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, according to Food and Drug Safety Minister Kim Ganglip.
Two rounds of 0.5 ml of the Moderna vaccine can be administered to people age 18 or older, with a four-week interval between the first and second shot.
Moderna’s vaccine is the fourth Covid-19 vaccine to be approved in South Korea, after AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.
Kim said the approval comes with the condition that the company submits a final report about clinical trials.
South Korea has fully vaccinated just 2.5% of its population, according to CNN’s vaccine tracker.
2 hr 31 min agoNew York and Maryland follow Ohio in creating Covid vaccine lotteryFrom CNN’s Theresa Waldrop, Rebekah Riess and Melissa Alonso
New York and Maryland both announced lotteries on Thursday for people who get vaccinated against Covid-19, joining Ohio, which last week announced drawings to give away millions of dollars in a bid to boost flagging vaccination rates in the state.
New Yorkers who get vaccinated next week from Monday to Friday will be given a lottery ticket with a chance to win as much as $5 million, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news briefing Thursday.
And starting on Tuesday, the Maryland Lottery will randomly select a vaccinated Marylander for a $40,000 prize every single day, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday.
The Maryland drawings will be held for 40 days through July 3, and on July 4, a winner will get a grand prize of $400,000, Hogan said.
“So it’s a total of $2 million in prize money for a vaccinated Marylander,” Hogan said. “Entry is very simple — all you have to do is get vaccinated for Covid-19 here in Maryland, be a Maryland resident and be 18 or older. Anyone 18 and older who has already been vaccinated for Covid-19 in the state of Maryland, at any time, is also eligible for these prizes and will automatically be entered to win.”
“So remember Maryland — get your shot for a shot to win,” Hogan said.Read the full story:
2 hr 32 min agoWhite House unable to continue $300 weekly pandemic unemployment benefits that GOP governors are slashingFrom CNN’s Jeff Zeleny and Tami Luhby
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