The Union Health Ministry stated Tuesday that India has conducted over 14.8 crore tests so far and that the cumulative positivity rate has come down to 6.5 per cent.
Meanwhile, Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old grandmother, on Tuesday became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shot outside of a trial as Britain began vaccinating its population. An early riser, Keenan received the vaccine at her local hospital in Coventry, central England, on Tuesday morning at 0631 GMT, a week before she turns 91. Britain began rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech on Tuesday, the first Western country to start vaccinating its general population in what was hailed as a decisive watershed in defeating the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, India will carry out the largest vaccination drive in its history over the course of next year. Top government sources told The Indian Express that the guidelines on administration of the vaccine are based on the crucial question of the likelihood of an adverse event being reported after each dose. Sources said that since each vaccination will take at least 30 minutes, only 100 shots will be administered in each session. Both government and private healthcare facilities will be roped in to conduct the first round of immunisations for frontline healthcare workers.
India’s daily Covid-19 count fell steeply on Monday, with fresh cases dipping to 26,567. This is the lowest count since July 10. The relatively low count a result of less testing on Sunday. So far more than 97 lakh people have been infected, with 3.83 lakh active infections and 91.78 lakh recoveries. With 385 deaths, the toll now stands at 1,40,958. There is some positive news from Delhi as well, which has recorded 1,674 new cases on Monday — the lowest since the end of August.