Coronavirus India Updates: Over 12,000 New Infections; Nearly 50 Lakh Vaccinated
An employee works on the production of line for vials of Covishield at the Serum Institute of India Ltd. Hadaspar plant in Pune. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: Over 12,000 New Infections; Nearly 50 Lakh Vaccinated

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Active Covid-19 cases in India continued to drop, indicating the pandemic may be receding, at a time the country has begun the world’s largest inoculation drive.

The world’s second-worst infected nation added more than 12,000 fresh cases in 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Feb. 5, 2021. That’s lower than close to 16,000 recoveries reported during the period, taking active cases to 1.51 lakh.

Active cases, now a mere 1.4% of the total caseload, had crossed 10 lakh in mid-September.

Key figures:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,08,02,591
  • Active cases: 1,51,460
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,04,96,308
  • Deaths: 1,54,823
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 12,408
  • One-day recoveries: 15,853
  • One-day deaths: 120

Nearly 50 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.

Meanwhile, India is set to receive the most number of Covid-19 vaccine doses in the initial distribution from the World Health Organization’s Covax initiative, despite the fact that India’s supply of shots currently outstrips demand.

When might life around the world return to normal? In 7.4 years at today’s vaccine rates.

Globally, Covid-19 cases surpassed 104.7 million with nearly 2.3 million dead.

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