Delhi sees deep in vaccine turnout on Monday after the adverse cases were reported. The Centre said that a total of 3.81 lakh people had been vaccinated as of 5 pm on Monday, with a cumulative 580 cases of adverse reactions being reported so far.
Monday, which was the third day of the inoculation drive in the country, also saw a record dip in the number of COVID-19 deaths.
The Union health ministry said that 3,81,305 people had been vaccinated on Monday in 7,704 sessions across the country. The ministry added that two deaths were reported among the healthcare workers who were administered vaccine shots on the first day of the inoculation exercise which was driven on Saturday, 16 January.
Additional Health Secretary M Agnani also said that seven hospitalisations been reported in the country so far, since 16 January.
Almost two lakh sanitary and healthcare workers were administered one of the two approved vaccines, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield, on the first day of the exercise.
Meanwhile, the National Capital saw a dip in the number of people who turned up for inoculation on Monday. PTI reported that only eight medical staff showed up to get the jabs at AIIMS. The development comes after one “severe” and 50 minor cases were reported in Delhi after the vaccination drive on Saturday.
The Rajasthan government decided to withdraw the night curfew in view of a decline in COVID-19 cases. It also slashed the rate of the RT-PCR test at private labs from Rs 800 to Rs 500. Despite the dip in cases, reports said that the state saw a low turnout of students after schools reopened on Monday.
Additionally, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan noted at the 148th session of WHO Executive Board that the COVID-19 pandemic will hamper progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
The daily coronavirus infections fell below 14,000 for the second time this month taking India’s COVID-19 caseload to 1,05,71,773, while 145 new fatalities were recorded, the lowest in around eight months, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.
A total of 13,788 infections have been reported in a day. The country’s death toll increased to1,52,419 with 145 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The recoveries have crossed 1.02 crore.
The daily COVID-19 infections were 12,548 on 12 January.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,02,11,342 pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.59 percent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.44 percent.
The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh.
There are 2,08,012 active cases of coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 1.97 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.
According to the ICMR, 18,70,93,036 samples have been tested up to 17 January with 5,48,168 samples being tested on Sunday.
The 145 new fatalities include 50 from Maharashtra, 21 from Kerala, 12 from West Bengal and 8 from Delhi.
A total of 1,52,419 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 50,438 from Maharashtra followed by 12,264 from Tamil Nadu, 12,166 from Karnataka, 10,746 from Delhi, 10,053 from West Bengal, 8,576 from Uttar Pradesh, 7,140 from Andhra Pradesh and 5,504 from Punjab.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.