West Bengal reported 752 fresh positive cases on Saturday and 14 fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 18,567, a health bulletin said. Four fatalities each were reported in North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts, while Jalpaiguri registered three more deaths. The state now has 8,203 active cases, while 15,29,387 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 754 in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, South Africa began vaccinating some children and adolescents as part of the global Phase 3 clinical trials of China’s Sinovac Biotech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged between 6 months and 17 years. The global study will enroll 2,000 participants in South Africa and 12,000 others will be taking part in Kenya, the Philippines, Chile and Malaysia.
The first children in South Africa were inoculated at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in the capital Pretoria to kick off the trials and others will get shots at 6 different sites across the country, the Sinovac company said.