Coronavirus India Updates: Active Cases Fall To 1.55 Lakh; More Than 44 Lakh Vaccinated
The Covid-19 vaccination room at the Super Speciality Hospital Hospital in Srinagar, India. (Photographer: Sumit Dayal/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: Active Cases Fall To 1.55 Lakh; More Than 44 Lakh Vaccinated

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The Covid-19 pandemic seems to be receding in India, with a continued drop in active cases, at a time the country has begun the world’s largest inoculation drive.

India added close to 13,000 fresh cases in 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Feb. 4, 2021. That’s lower than the nearly 18,000 recoveries reported in the same period, taking active cases to 1.55 lakh. Active cases, now a mere 1.44% of the total caseload, had crossed 10 lakh in mid-September.

Key figures:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,07,90,183
  • Active cases: 1,55,025
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,04,80,455
  • Deaths: 1,54,703
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 12,899
  • One-day recoveries: 17,824
  • One-day deaths: 107

Over 44 lakh healthcare workers have been vaccinated throughout India, but that’s just a little over half the targeted number of people. Many at the frontlines of the pandemic are refusing Bharat Biotech’s shot -- hesitation that’s largely being blamed on the hasty approval of the vaccine, which is still deep in Phase III trials.

AstraZeneca Plc and the University of Oxford have started looking at how to re-engineer their coronavirus vaccine to defeat new mutations, saying a tweaked injection could be ready late this year.

Globally, Covid-19 cases topped 104 million with more than 2.26 million having succumbed to the infection.

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