Coronavirus India Updates: Vaccination Drive Continues; India Adds Over 15,000 New Cases
Medical workers in full protective equipment equipment (PPE) outside a coronavirus help desk at the Max Smart Super Specialty Hospital in New Delhi, India. (Photographer. T. Narayan/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: Vaccination Drive Continues; India Adds Over 15,000 New Cases

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Active coronavirus cases in India continued to decline below the 2-lakh mark at a time the country is undergoing the world's biggest vaccination drive.

India reported 15,223 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data as of 8 a.m. on Jan. 21. That’s lower than the 19,965 patients who recovered from the virus in the same time period, taking active cases to 1.92 lakh. India had over 10 lakh live infections in mid-September.

They account for a mere 1.81% of the total coronavirus cases confirmed in India. Recoveries hold the lion’s share with 96.75% while fatality rate stands at 1.44%

India is fast approaching the one-year mark of reporting its first corornavirus cases on Jan. 30, 2020. On Jan. 27, 2020, a 20 year old female presented to the Emergency Department in General Hospital, Thrissur, Kerala, with a one-day history of dry cough and sore throat. There was no history of fever, rhinitis or shortness of breath. She disclosed that she had returned to Kerala from Wuhan city, China, on Jan. 23, 2020 owing to the Covid-19 outbreak there.

Since then India has reported over 1.06 crore cases of infection and over 1.2 crore recoveries.

Key Figures

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,06,10,883
  • Active cases: 1,92,308
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,02,65,706
  • Deaths: 1,52,869
  • Number of fresh cases in the last 24 hours: 15,223
  • One-day recoveries: 16,988
  • One-day deaths: 151

Global Update

Germany’s coronavirus deaths reached a record and Chancellor Angela Merkel extended restrictions, warning of possible travel curbs and ratcheting up rules for wearing face masks to keep out new strains. Spain reported the most new cases since the pandemic began.

Some shipments of Moderna Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine are being replaced after they got too cold in transit. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city was forced to reschedule 23,000 vaccination appointments due to a delay in the delivery of 103,000 doses of the Moderna shot.

Globally, cases exceed 96.5 million; deaths surpass 2 million.

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