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January 23, 2021 / 11:05 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: 150 people infected by UK variant of COVID-19 in India so far

Coronavirus News Highlights: India's COVID-19 tally stands at more than 1.06 crore. While the death toll stands at 1.53 lakh, the recovery rate has surged to 96.8 percent

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 305th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. India's COVID-19 tally stands at more than 1.06 crore, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The death toll in the country due to the outbreak stands at 1.53 lakh. While the total recoveries have increased to 1.03 crore, 1.85 lakh cases
remain 'active'. India's recovery rate is 96.8 percent. Globally, more than 9.76 crore people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 20.97 lakh have died so far. Many countries, including India, have granted emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines and have started vaccinating healthcare workers and high-risk groups. India's regulator has also granted restricted emergency use approval for two vaccines -- Covishield and Covaxin. Over 10 lakh people have been given at least their first dose in India so far.
  • January 23, 2021 / 11:04 PM IST

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  • January 23, 2021 / 10:58 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Deaths Of 6 Beneficiaries Not Linked To COVID-19 Vaccination: Health Ministry

    A total of six deaths of healthcare workers have been reported so far post-COVID vaccination, however, there was no link of the deaths found due to vaccination, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.

    "At least six deaths have been reported so far. In the last 24 hours, one person aged 56 years who was a resident of Gurugram, Haryana has died. The post-mortem confirms that cardio-pulmonary disease was the reason for her death and it was not related to vaccination. None of these deaths have been causally linked with COVID vaccination," said Manohar Agnani, additional health secretary on Saturday.

  • January 23, 2021 / 10:56 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Germany expects AstraZeneca to deliver 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in February

    Germany expects British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc to deliver 3 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in February despite the company’s latest production problems, Health Minister Jens Spahn told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

    AstraZeneca informed European Union officials on Friday it would cut deliveries of its COVID-19 vaccine to the bloc by 60% to 31 million doses in the first quarter of the year due to production problems, a senior official told Reuters.

  • January 23, 2021 / 10:05 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Rajasthan sees 2 more deaths, 203 new cases

    Two deaths linked to the coronavirus were reported in Rajasthan on Saturday, raising the toll to 2,758, while 203 fresh cases pushed the infection count to 3,16,485, according to a health bulletin.

    The new fatalities were reported from Jaipur and Udaipur, while Kota reported a maximum of 47 new COVID-19 cases, the bulletin said.

  • January 23, 2021 / 10:04 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | 6,967 people get COVID-19 vaccine jabs on day 5 in Delhi

    Eighty-six per cent of the targeted 8,100 health workers in Delhi received COVID-19 vaccines on Saturday, the fifth scheduled day of the inoculation exercise in the city, with some centres achieving 100 per cent turnout, officials said.
    For Saturday, 8,100 vaccinations were targeted at 81 centres across 11 districts of the national capital. Out of these, 6,967 people or 86 per cent received vaccine jabs, showed official data.

    Twenty-three minor and one case of vaccine-related severe side effect were reported in day, the officials said.

  • January 23, 2021 / 07:29 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | 7 new states would be administering COVAXIN from next week: Manohar Agnani

  • January 23, 2021 / 05:39 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Portugal holds presidential election as COVID-19 cases spiral

    Portuguese voters - largely confined to their homes due to a strict COVID-19 lockdown - will pick a new president on Sunday, but many fear going to the polls could worsen a surge in coronavirus cases and low turnout is expected.

    The country of 10 million people, which fared better than others in the first wave of the pandemic, now has the world’s highest seven-day rolling average of new cases and deaths per million people.

  • January 23, 2021 / 04:24 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Iran to begin COVID-19 vaccinations in coming weeks: President Rouhani

    President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that COVID-19 vaccinations will begin in the coming weeks in Iran, the Middle East’s worst hit country.

    “Foreign vaccines are a necessity until local vaccines are available,” Rouhani said in televised remarks, without giving details of what foreign vaccines would be used.

    Earlier this month Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s highest authority, banned the government from importing vaccines from the United States and Britain, which he said were possibly seeking to spread the infection to other countries.

  • January 23, 2021 / 03:55 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | 150 people infected with UK variant of COVID-19 in India so far

    The number of people who have tested positive for the United Kingdom variant of COVID-19 in India has climbed to 150, the Union Health Ministry said today. All of them have been kept in single room isolation in designated health care facilities by the respective state governments, the ministry had said earlier. (Input from PTI)

  • January 23, 2021 / 03:43 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | COVID-19 vaccine for airport staff in Karnataka

    The Karnataka government has said staff members at all airports across the state are considered as frontline workers of COVID-19 and are permitted for vaccination against the virus on priority basis. Commissioner Health and Family Welfare Service, Government of Karnataka issued a circular to this effect yesterday. (Input from PTI)

  • January 23, 2021 / 03:19 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Serum Institute of India plans to supply 200 million doses to Covax, a World Health Organization-backed effort to procure and distribute inoculations to poor countries.

    But even before the pandemic, the Indian firm was a world leader in vaccines, producing 1.5 billion doses a year and inoculating two out of three children in 170 countries against diseases such as polio, mumps, meningitis and measles.

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  • January 23, 2021 / 02:57 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | A tweet from Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), thanking India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for supporting the global COVID-19 response.