Coronavirus India Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch India’s Covid-19 inoculation drive on January 16 and will interact with some of the healthcare workers who will be receiving the shots on Day 1, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.
Less than 2 days before India starts its nationwide inoculation drive, about 95 per cent of 1.1 crore Covishield vaccine doses purchased by the government have been delivered across the country and the remaining 1 lakh vials will be delivered shortly, sources told PTI. The first consignment of Oxford-Astrazeneca’s Covishield vaccine was dispatched from Pune early Tuesday.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday said that the Delhi government has “done and reviewed” all preparations for the Covid-19 vaccination drive, set to commence on January 16. Giving out details of the inoculation exercise in Delhi, he said that 81 centres will be allocated initially and over 8,000 frontline workers will be vaccinated on every scheduled day. For four days a week — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday — about 100 people will be vaccinated at each of these centres each day.
Meanwhile, India recorded 16,946 new Covid-19 cases, in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Thursday, taking the total tally to over 1.05 crore. Out of these, active cases further dropped to 2.13 lakh, while recoveries went up to over 1.01 crore. With 198 deaths reported on Wednesday, the death toll stands at over 1.57 lakh. Kerala reported more than 6,000 cases, its total caseload now is over 8.25 lakh. Maharashtra, with 3,556 new cases, was the only other state to report more than 1,000 cases on Wednesday.