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January 20, 2021 / 11:01 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: India's active COVID-19 caseload slips below two lakh after nearly 7 months

Coronavirus News Highlights: India's COVID-19 tally stands at more than 1.05 crore, including 1.52 lakh deaths. India will start exporting COVID-19 vaccines from today, paving the way for many mid and lower-income countries to get supplies of the easy-to-store Oxford/AstraZeneca drug.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 302nd day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. As many as 13,823 new COVID-19 infections were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative caseload to 1,05,95,660 on Wednesday, the Union Health Ministry said. With 16,988 more recoveries, the total number of discharges reached 1,02,45,741. The death toll mounted to 1,52,718 after 162 more deaths were recorded in
the last 24 hours. At present, the country's active coronavirus cases stand at 1,97,201. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 18,85,66,947 samples tested for COVID-19 up to January 18, of which 7,64,120 samples were tested on Tuesday. Regarding the nationwide vaccination drive, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MHFW) said that the cumulative number of healthcare workers vaccinated against COVID-19 has touched 6,31,417 till 6 pm on Tuesday. Globally, more than 9.6 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 20.54 lakh have died so far. India, along with many countries, has granted emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines and has started the process of vaccinating healthcare workers and high-risk groups. India's regulator has granted restricted emergency use approval for two vaccines -- Covishield and Covaxin.
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  • January 20, 2021 / 10:16 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) could be authorised by WHO in January or February: Reuters

  • January 20, 2021 / 09:48 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | World leaders who got inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccine: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan, top leaders of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, and Indonesia have been publicly inoculated with Chinese vaccines, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

  • January 20, 2021 / 09:27 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | China silent on why its top leaders are yet to take COVID-19 vaccine

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  • January 20, 2021 / 08:53 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | People who contract COVID-19 should also get vaccinated after 4-6 weeks of recovery: AIIMS Director

    While interacting with personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) at their 16th Raising Day celebrations in New Delhi, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said people who have already contracted COVID-19 should also get vaccinated after around four to six weeks of recovery.

    He explained: “A vaccine jab is essential for them (recovered from coronavirus) due to two reasons. One is you are not sure how strong is your post-COVID-19 immunity and it has been seen quite a few times that those who had a mild to moderate infection their anti-body response has been less, and we also don’t know how long it will be.”

    He added that a vaccine would act as a booster dose for such individuals.

  • January 20, 2021 / 08:39 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | Easy to immunize children with intranasal COVID-19 vaccines: AIIMS Director

    Intranasal COVID-19 vaccines would be easier to administer to school children who bear “very mild” disease load but are infectious nonetheless, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Dr Randeep Guleria said on January 20.

    “It (coronavirus infection) is very mild in children, but they are infectious. They can spread the disease,” he said.

    The AIIMS Director added: “The vaccines that have come are not approved for children because there have been no studies conducted on children, but this (vaccination) is a very important step and trials are being done.”

  • January 20, 2021 / 08:19 PM IST

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  • January 20, 2021 / 07:32 PM IST

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  • January 20, 2021 / 07:24 PM IST

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  • January 20, 2021 / 07:23 PM IST

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  • January 20, 2021 / 06:54 PM IST

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