Coronavirus India Updates: Active Tally Drops To 1.85 Lakh; Over 15 Lakh Vaccinated
India's active coronavirus infection tally continued to decline with the country running the world’s largest vaccination drive.
India reported 14,256 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry’s data as of 8 a.m. That’s lower than the 17,130 patients who recovered from the virus in the same time period, taking active cases 1.85 lakh. India had over 10 lakh live infections in mid-September.
Almost a year has passed since India detected the first case of Covid-19 in Kerala. The virus since has infected over 1.06 crore people with 1.03 crore having recovered. Over 1.53 lakh have succumbed to it.
The country is now running an inoculation drive for its frontline workers with two vaccine candidates—from U.K.’s Oxford-AstraZeneca manufactured by Serum Institute of India Ltd. as Covidshield and locally developed Bharat Biotech International Ltd.'s Covaxin—having received emergency approval. India is also shipping out vaccines to neighbouring countries Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Maldives and Seychelles while Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius are awaiting clearance.
- Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,06,39,684
- Active cases: 1,85,662
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,03,00,838
- Deaths: 1,53,184
- Number of fresh cases in the last 24 hours: 14,256
- One-day recoveries: 17,130
- One-day deaths: 152
Globally, cases crossed 9.8 crore with deaths passing 21 lakh as of Saturday morning.
The U.K.’s new more contagious strain of coronavirus may be linked to higher mortality, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
Hong Kong is locking down thousands of residents for the first time over the weekend in a bid to contain a worsening outbreak. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state would on Friday run out of all the vaccines that had been delivered.
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Over 15 Lakh Healthcare Workers Vaccinated
India has inoculated more than 15 lakh frontline healthcare workers so far, additional health secretary Manohar Agnani said in a statement today.
Over 1.4 lakh people were vaccinated till 6 p.m. on Jan. 23, eight days on since the world’s largest inoculation drive started.
Eleven people have been hospitalised till now after taking the vaccine. The government did not specify the ailments. While six have died after vaccination, none of those has deaths are related to the jabs, Agnani said.
67% New Cases From Kerala, Maharashtra
Kerala and Maharashtra together accounted for 9,532 of the 14,256 new coronavirus cases reported in India in the last 24 hours.
U.K. Says New Variant May Be Linked To Higher Death Rates
The U.K.’s new strain of coronavirus may be more deadly than first thought, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, as he warned again that the country faces a long wait before it can emerge from lockdown.
Speaking at a news conference Friday in London, the premier said new evidence had led the government to revise its initial view that the variant was more contagious but not more dangerous. It may be 30% more deadly than the original strain - or more, a government analysis found.