India recorded 87 new Covid-19 cases per million population in the last seven days which is one of the lowest in the world when compared with countries like the US, the UK, Russia, Germany, Brazil, France and Italy, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday. The ministry also said that only one new death per million population was reported in India in this period.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Covid-19 mass vaccination drive Saturday, connecting with over 3,000 vaccination sites across the country via video-conferencing. “Around 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each session site on the inaugural day,” the government said.
The beneficiary list of frontline workers for the first day has already been uploaded on the Co-WIN platform and vaccine shots will be injected at designated centres from 9 am to 5 pm, senior health officials said.
In its first phase lasting till August, the country is set to vaccinate about 3 crore frontline workers, followed by around 27 crore people above the age of 50 and others with co-morbidities. The Election Commission has agreed to a request from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to share electoral roll data to identify people above the age of 50 in each polling state. Read our explainer on the vaccine rollout here
India recorded 15,590 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 191 fatalities reported on Friday, the death toll stands at over 1.57 lakh. With a total of 8.31 lakh cases recorded so far, Kerala has now overtaken Tamil Nadu’s case count, and now has fourth highest caseload in the country, after Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.