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4 people in India found infected with South African variant of COVID-19


In what could be a cause of concern for the Centre and the state governments, more cases of people being infected with the mutated variants of COVID-19 are being reported in India.

According to the Union health ministry, four cases of the South African variant of coronavirus have been reported in India so far. The health ministry officials on Tuesday also said that one case of the Brazilian variant of COVID-19 has been reported in the country, whereas 187 people have tested positive for the UK variant of the virus.

87.2 lakh people vaccinated

Officials said, “Eight states and Union territories including Jharkhand, Assam, UP, Gujarat have administered the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to over 60 percent healthcare workers.” They added that only two states—Maharashtra and Kerala—have contributed to 72 percent of the active virus caseload in the country.

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Meanwhile, 11 states and Union territories including Delhi, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines to less than 50 percent of healthcare workers. Earlier during the day, the health ministry informed that over 87.20 lakh people have been vaccinated so far. Of it, over 4.35 lakh people were vaccinated on Monday.

Over 1.09 cr COVID-19 cases

The health ministry on Tuesday informed that 9,121 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 1.09 crore.

Also, 81 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 1,55,813.

Of the over 1.09 crore coronavirus cases reported so far, over 1.36 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is 1.25 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, over 1.06 crore cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 20.73 crore samples for COVID-19 have been tested in the country.


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