As many as 11,666 new cases of novel coronavirus were reported, with India’s total COVID-19 cases now above 1.07 crore, as per health ministry’s January 28 update. New cases below 15,000 mark for 7th day in a row.
India reported 123 new deaths and 14,301 new recoveries in the last 24 hours, the latest release show. Active cases drop to 1,73,740 (about the number of cases reported back on June 22, 2020) with a fall of 2,758 cases on January 28.
As many as 23,55,979 beneficiaries have been vaccinated across India, according to the January 28 update.
Kerala reported the most (5,659) new cases in the last 24 hours, followed by Maharashtra (2,171), Tamil Nadu (512), Chhattisgarh (439) and Karnataka (428). These five states account for 79 percent of all the new cases reported in India.
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A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
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Maharashtra also reported the most (32) new deaths, followed by Kerala (10), Punjab (10), Delhi (9), Tamil Nadu (8) and West Bengal (8). These six states account for 71 percent of all the new deaths reported across the country.
About 15 states and union territories--Andaman and Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli/Daman and Diu, Goa, Haryana, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim and Tripura did not report any deaths today.
India’s recovery rate is now 96.9 percent. Dadra Nagar Haveli/Daman & Diu record the highest (99.8 percent) recovery rate. In terms of cases, Kerala recorded 5,006 new recoveries, the most, followed by Maharashtra (2,556), Chhattisgarh (944), Bihar (840) and Karnataka (760).
The total number of COVID-19 cases in India is now at 1,07,01,193 with 1,03,73,606 recoveries and 1,53,847 deaths as per January 28, update. The mortality rate in the country now stands at 1.4 percent with Punjab reporting the highest (3.2 percent). Less than 8 lakh daily tests were reported on January 28 with more than 19.43 crore tests carried out till date.
Despite the high number of cases and deaths reported by India, the country fares better when compared with other nations in terms of per million population.