Coronavirus India Updates: Active Cases Decline; Over 1.91 Lakh Vaccinated
Scenes from New Delhi on the first day of India’s inoculation drive. (Photograph: Nishant Sahrma/BloombergQuint)

Coronavirus India Updates: Active Cases Decline; Over 1.91 Lakh Vaccinated

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Active coronavirus cases in India declined further even as the country flagged off the world's biggest vaccination drive on Saturday.

India reported 15144 new cases in a matter of 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data as of 8 a.m. on Jan. 17. That’s lower than the 17170 patients who recovered from the virus in the same time period, taking active cases below 2.1 lakh. India had over 10 lakh live infections in mid-September.

They now account for less than 2% of India’s total confirmed cases.

Key Figures

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,05,57,985
  • Active cases: 2,08,826
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,01,96,885
  • Deaths: 1,52,274
  • Number of fresh cases in the last 24 hours: 15,144
  • One-day recoveries: 17,170
  • One-day deaths: 181

A total of 1.91 lakh Indian citizens received Covid-19 vaccines on the first day of the vaccination drive, according to data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday night.

The number of personnel involved in the drive stood at 16,755. “No cases of post vaccination hospitalisation has been reported so far, said Manohar Agnani, additional secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, earlier in the evening.

To be sure, the government had aimed to vaccinate 3 lakh people on the first day of the inoculation drive, according to PTI reports.

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Some Didn’t Turn Up For Covid Vaccination At The Last Moment In Delhi: Satyendar Jain

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday said that some people did not turn up for coronavirus vaccination at the last moment, adding that the government cannot ask anyone to compulsorily take the jab. He also said that the number of vaccination centres in Delhi will be increased from 81 to 175 soon.

In Delhi, a total of 4,319 healthcare workers - 53.3% of those registered - got the vaccine shots on the first day of the Covid-19 vaccination drive on Saturday, the minister said. Jain noted that a similar trend was observed across the country, adding that around 50 per cent of those registered got the jabs on the first day.

"Some people decided not to turn up at the last moment. The vaccination programme is completely voluntary. We cannot ask anyone to compulsorily take the shot even if the person has registered for it," he said.

One "severe" and 51 "minor" cases of AEFI (adverse events following immunisation) were reported among health workers who were administered the coronavirus vaccine in Delhi on Saturday, according to official figures.

An AIIMS security guard had developed an allergic reaction after receiving the vaccine. He was kept under observation of doctors, an official had said on Saturday.

"His current status is not known... 51 others were discharged after some time," Jain said.

The minister also said that the Delhi government decided to omit vaccination centres of municipal corporations due to the ongoing strike by the civic bodies.

"The number of vaccination sites will be increased from 81 to 175 in some days. Thereafter, it will be increased to 1,000. It will also include the sites of municipal corporations," he said.

On some political parties questioning the efficacy of the vaccines, Jain said the Centre gave permission for emergency use of the vaccines after completing a rigorous process. "All protocols were followed. So, there should be no questions about it," he said.

The health minister added that the Covid-19 positivity rate has come down to 0.44%. "The coronavirus positivity rate has remained below 0.5 per cent for the last few days. We can comfortably say that the third wave is on the wane. Cases have decreased. Still, I want to appeal to people to take precautions and use masks," he said.

Source: PTI

Highest Number Of Covid-19 Vaccines Administered In UP On Day 1

Of the 1.91 lakh beneficiaries administered Covid-19 vaccine shots on the first day of the countrywide vaccination drive, the highest number of inoculations were carried out in Uttar Pradesh with 21291 people taking the jab.

The first Covid-19 vaccine shots in India were given on Saturday.

Of the 208826 total active Covid-19 cases in the country, Kerala has the highest number at 68633 followed by Maharashtra at 53163, UP at 9162, Karnataka at 8713, West Bengal at 7151, and Tamil Nadu at 6128, according to the Health ministry data.

According to the Health ministry data, the highest number of vaccines were administered in UP at 21291 followed by Andhra Pradesh at 18412, Maharashtra at 18328, Bihar at 18169, Odisha at 13746, Karnataka at 13594, Gujarat at 10787, Rajasthan at 9279, West Bengal at 9730, Madhya Pradesh at 9219, Kerala at 8062.

Source: PTI

EPFO Settles 56.79 Lakh Covid-19 Advance Claims

Retirement fund body EPFO has settled 56.79 lakh Covid-19 non-refundable advance claims, and has disbursed Rs 14,310 crore till December 31, 2020, reflecting the adverse impact of the pandemic on the formal sector workforce.

When the coronavirus-induced lockdown was imposed in March, the central government had allowed over 6 crore subscribers of the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's to withdraw an amount not exceeding their three months basic pay and dearness allowance from their EPF account, to support them during the nationwide lockdown.

According to the source, the EPFO has settled 197.91 lakh claims related to final settlement, death, insurance, advance claims and disbursed Rs 73,288 crore till Dece. 31, 2020.

Source: PTI

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