India Covid-19 Highlights: In a press briefing on the COVID-19 situation in the country, the government on Tuesday said of the total people vaccinated against COVID-19 so far, 0.18 per cent were adverse events following immunisation, while 0.002 per cent had to be hospitalised which is fairly low. Addressing a press conference, NITI Aayog member (Health) V K Paul said concerns about adverse effects and serious problems post immunisation as of now seem to be unfounded, negligible, insignificant and stressed that both the vaccines are safe. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said India recorded the highest number of first day vaccinations for COVID-19 immunisation.
Till now 4,54,049 people have been vaccinated in India, the Health Ministry reported on Tuesday. The country reported 580 severe events and 2 persons — a 52-year-old in Moradabad & a 42-year-old in Karnataka — have reportedly died due to cardiopulmonary disease after getting their shots. The deaths have not been linked to the vaccines till now.
Centre on Monday flagged Kerala and Tamil Nadu over their poor performance, in vaccinating at less than 25 per cent of the priority groups and highlighted the “vaccine hesitancy” found in the frontline workers. Similarly, Punjab and Chhattisgarh were also pulled over their “poor coverage.”
India reported 10,064 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest single day spike since second week of June. Out of the total cases, active cases further dropped to 2 lakh while recoveries went up to over 1.02 crore. With 137 deaths reported on Monday, the lowest since the May, the toll now stands at over 1.52 lakh. Kerala reported 3,346 new cases, while Maharashtra found 1,924 new infections.