Coronavirus India Updates: Over 35 Lakh Vaccinated; Active Cases Below 1.7 Lakh
Active cases in India continued to decline at a time when authorities are struggling to assure health workers and citizens of the vaccination’s safety.
The country reported 13,083 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry’s data as of 8 a.m. on Saturday. That’s lower than the 14,808 patients who recovered from the virus in the same time period, taking active cases below 1.7 lakh. India had over 10 lakh live infections in mid-September.
Meanwhile, over 35 lakh health workers have been vaccinated under the world’s largest inoculation drive which began on Jan. 16. Of this, 5.7 lakh vaccine shots were administered on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that India administered 1 million Covid-19 vaccinations in six days, making it the fastest country to reach the milestone. The U.S. took 10 days, Spain 12, Israel 14, the U.K. 18, Italy 19, Germany 20 and UAE 27 days to achieve the goal.
- Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,07,33,131
- Active cases: 1,69,824
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,04,09,160
- Deaths: 1,54,147
- Number of fresh cases in the last 24 hours: 13,083
- One-day recoveries: 14,808
- One-day deaths: 137
The latest Covid-19 surge in the U.S. is receding, buying authorities time as they attempt to vaccinate about 330 million people.
The European Union risks sparking a global vaccine battle after unveiling a drastic proposal to restrict exports of Covid-19 shots. But it dropped a plan to prevent vaccines from going to Northern Ireland after the move provoked fury in London, Dublin and Belfast.
Vietnam has authorized the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, the first treatment approved in the country. Singapore has suspended green lane arrangements with Germany, Malaysia and South Korea. Virus mutations that likely offer some resistance to vaccine and antibody treatments are now prevalent in both South Africa and Brazil.
Globally, cases exceeded 102 million with deaths crossing 2.2 million.