Coronavirus India Updates: Active Cases Inch Up Toward 1.4 Lakh; One Crore Vaccinated
India's active coronavirus caseload rose for the fifth time this week sparking fears of a fresh wave of the pandemic, even as vaccinations crossed the 1-crore mark.
India added more than 13,000 new cases in 24 hours -- for the first time since Jan. 31 -- according to the health ministry's update as of 8 a.m on Feb. 19. That’s more than the 10,896 recoveries in the same period, taking active cases higher to 1.39 lakh.
Authorities reported 97 deaths in a day, taking total fatalities to over 1.56 lakh. This accounts for 1.42% of the total 1.09 crore coronavirus cases detected in India.
At the same time, 1,01,88,007 beneficiaries have been vaccinated so far with nearly 6.6 lakh of them receiving their shots in the last 24 hours. India is currently focussed on vaccinating its healthcare and frontline workers.
Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,09,63,394
Active cases: 1,39,542
Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 13,193
One-day recoveries: 10,896
One-day deaths: 97
Covax, the global effort to fund vaccinations in lower-income countries, is getting a major boost as the U.S. plans to contribute as much as $4 billion, while France will donate 5% of its secured supplies. The U.K. also will announce its commitment during a Group of Seven call on Friday.
The U.S. vaccine supply is poised to double in the coming weeks and months, according to an analysis by Bloomberg. Winter storms across the country continue to slow the inoculation drive.
A single dose of the Pfizer Inc. vaccine significantly reduced symptoms in the first four weeks after injection, according to an analysis. Brazil became the third country in the world to breach 10 million cases.
Globally, Covid-19 cases exceeded 110.2 million, with over 2.4 million dead. More than 193 million vaccine shots have been administered worldwide.
Eight States Account For 57% Of Vaccine Doses Given So Far
India crossed a significant milestone in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, with the cumulative vaccine doses administered to healthcare and frontline workers crossing the 1 crore mark.
India took 34 days to reach the one-crore mark. Only the U.S. has been faster, taking 31 days to get to the landmark, while the U.K. took 56 days.
Eight states account for 57.47% of the total vaccine doses administered in India, with Uttar Pradesh leading, with 10.5% of the total doses so far.