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12,143 new COVID cases, India begins drive for second shot of vaccine


India recorded 12,143 new COVID cases on Saturday taking the total tally to 10,892,746. The overall fatality touched over 1.55 lakh with 103 new deaths. India’s recovery rate is 97.32%, one of the highest in the world with total recoveries at 10,600,625. The mortality rate stands at 1.43%.

As of now, the country has a COVID caseload of 1.35 lakh. Mumbai has seen a slight surge in COVID cases since the resumption of local train services.

COVID vaccination

India has begun administering the second shots of the COVID vaccine as part of its vaccination drive which began on January 16.  Antibodies are developed a fortnight after getting the second shot.

India has so far inoculated 58,65,813 healthcare workers and 19,00,506 frontline workers. India’s vaccination drive is now the fastest in the world and the first round of vaccination for healthcare workers is likely to end by February 20. States have been asked to do mop-up rounds by February 25 to target those who may have missed it.

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So far the country has reported 24 vaccine-related deaths but none of them was attributed to vaccination. In the third phase of vaccination, those above 50 years of age and those below the age but with serious comorbid conditions will be covered.

Bihar, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Mizoram, Rajasthan, and Sikkim have vaccinated more than 70% of their registered healthcare workers.

Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Gujarat, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Odisha have recorded the highest number of vaccinations.

The government has set a target of inoculating 30 crore people against the virus by August.

COVID efforts praised by WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has praised India’s vaccination efforts. “Over three months now, cases of Covid-19 in India have been consistently going down… Considering the magnitude of the population…it’s something the Government of India should be very, very proud of,” Roderico Ofrin, WHO’s India representative, was quoted as saying by a media agency.


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