Here are the top updates from Friday:
- The United Kingdom’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has said that it does not recommend Covid-19 vaccines for children aged between 12 and 15 as there was little evidence to support the need for these shots, The Guardian reported. However, it has said that children with health conditions could receive two doses of Pfizer vaccine as they are susceptible to contracting the coronavirus infection. However, the chief medical officers of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will take a final decision next week.
- India recorded 45,352 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the infection tally in the country to 3,29,03,289 since the pandemic broke out in January last year. The toll rose to 4,39,895 after 366 deaths were reported in a span of 24 hours. The active caseload increased for the third consecutive day to 3,99,778, and comprises 1.22% of the total number of infections in the country. As many as 3,20,63,616 people have recovered from the disease so far.
- Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said that the government should not be put in a position to shut down everything if a third wave hits, the Hindustan Times reported. He urged people in the state to follow all Covid-19 protocols to prevent…