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Coronavirus India HIGHLIGHTS: One million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in less than 6 days, says Health Ministry

The overall case tally stands at 1,06,54,533, including 1,84,408 active cases and 1,53,339 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 27, 2021 9:12:28 am
Covid India LIVE Updates: Over 15 lakh beneficiaries vaccinated, says Health MinistryAn artist taking part in a tableaux in the forthcoming Republic Day parade undergoes a Covid-19 test in New Delhi on Friday. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

India on Sunday reported 14,849 new Covid-19 cases and 155 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

The overall case tally stands at 1,06,54,533, including 1,84,408 active cases and 1,53,339 deaths. Kerala touched a new two-month high of 6,960 new cases. Maharashtra reported 2,697 cases.

Meanwhile, India on Saturday completed administering the first dose of the vaccine to more than 15 lakh beneficiaries in the priority groups of healthcare and frontline workers, a week after it rolled out the world’s largest immunisation drive against Covid-19.

A total of 15,37,190 beneficiaries have been vaccinated through 27,776 vaccination sessions till 6 pm on Saturday, the health ministry said.

As per the official data compiled by the Health Ministry on Saturday morning, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and Telangana reported the highest cumulative vaccinations in the first week of immunisation drive.

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One million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India in just 6 days, says Health Ministry

As the number of beneficiaries who have received the anti-coronavirus shots inched close to 16 lakh, the Union Health Ministry Sunday said India took only 6 days to administer one million COVID-19 vaccine doses, a count which is higher than that of countries like the US and the UK, PTI reported.

The UK took 18 days whereas the US took 10 days to reach the one million mark, the ministry said.

As on January 24, till 8 am, nearly 16 lakh (15,82,201) beneficiaries have received COVID-19 vaccination. In a span of 24 hours, close to 2 lakh (1,91,609) people were vaccinated across 3,512 sessions. A total of 27,920 sessions have been conducted so far, the ministry said.

India took only 6 days to roll out one million vaccine doses. This count is higher than countries like the US and the UK. The UK took 18 days whereas USA took 10 days to reach the one million mark, the ministry highlighted.

In a testament to the successful test-track-treat-technology strategy, India continues on its steady trajectory of reporting a sustained downfall in the daily new cases and consequential decline in the active cases, the ministry underlined.

India's active cases today stand at 1,84,408 which comprises of 1.73 per cent of the total cases.

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Karnataka government goes back on decision to treat airport staff as ‘frontline workers’ for Covid-19 vaccination

A day after the Karnataka government decided to vaccinate staff at all airports in the state on a priority basis, the government withdrew the order on Sunday.

According to a clarification issued by the Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare Services, the circular (dated Jan 22) which mentioned airport staff as “frontline workers” stands withdrawn. “No action should be taken on that circular,” the clarification read.

The Commissioner had issued a circular on Friday stating that staff working at Kempegowda International Airport KIAL, Mangaluru International Airport, and airports at Belagavi, Hubbali-Dharwad, Kalaburagi, Mysuru and Bidar “are permitted for Covid-19 vaccine on priority basis.”

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Aviation sector workers be vaccinated on priority after health workers: MoCA to MoHFW

Frontline workers in the aviation sector should be considered for COVID-19 vaccination on priority basis after health workers have been given the jabs, the civil aviation ministry has told the Union health ministry.

As per the guidelines issued by the health ministry on December 28 last year, initially around 30 crore Indians will be vaccinated, including around three crore healthcare and frontline workers, and approximately 27 crore people of over the age of 50 years.

The frontline workers mentioned in the December 28 guidelines does not include aviation sector employees but personnel from the armed forces, prison staff, municipal workers, among others.

In a letter dated January 20, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Pradeep Singh Kharola told his counterpart in the health ministry Rajesh Bhushan: "You will agree with me that the crew, engineers, technicians, ground staff, frontline workers in aviation have certain risk elements while performing their duties in a most diligent manner and make air transportation a safe mode of transport." (PTI)

10:16 (IST)24 Jan 2021
India reports 14,849 new Covid-19 cases, 155 deaths

India on Sunday reported 14,849 new Covid-19 cases and 155 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

The overall case tally stands at 1,06,54,533, including 1,84,408 active cases and 1,53,339 deaths. Kerala touched a new two-month high of 6,960 new cases. Maharashtra reported 2,697 cases.

A nurse administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a frontline worker, after the virtual launch of the nationwide vaccination drive by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at Max Hospital in New Delhi, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (PTI File Photo)

From selfie booths to special badges, hospitals in Delhi are going the extra mile to ensure more healthcare workers come forward to get the Covid vaccine. In Delhi, 25,762 healthcare workers have been administered the vaccine in five days, with 6,967 getting the shot on Saturday — while the turnout was slow on the first three days, it picked up pace on Thursday and Saturday after several hospitals allowed out-of-turn shots for healthcare workers. 24 people reported AEFI (adverse event following immunisation).

Dr Ajeet Jain, nodal officer of Covid-19 at Delhi government’s Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, said the administration has been counselling healthcare workers daily to motivate them to come forward for the vaccination. The hospital, which is also the sole storage facility for the vaccine, has so far inoculated 174 healthcare workers, lowest among the top government hospitals in the first four days. The hospital, however, saw 100 vaccinations on Saturday.

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