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February 05, 2021 / 11:01 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: India has vaccinated 52,90,474 beneficiaries till now, says Health Ministry

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 317th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 317th 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 1.54 lakh. While the total recoveries have increased to 1.06 crore,
1.60 lakh cases remain 'active'. India's recovery rate is 97.1 percent. Globally, more than 10.41 crore people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 22.59 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 41.38 lakh people have been given at least their first dose in India so far.
  • Coronavirus News Highlights: India has vaccinated 52,90,474 beneficiaries till now, says Health Ministry
    A resident argues with health workers inside a locked down portion of the Jordan residential area in Hong Kong, China January 23. (Image: Reuters)
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  • February 05, 2021 / 07:50 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Over 90,000 samples tested in the last 24 hours,5,610 new cases

    With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Kerala, the left government has ramped up testing and over 90,000 samples were examined in the last 24 hours, as 5,610 new COVID-19 cases were recorded on Friday. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said no one should let down their guard against the virus and urged people to follow the safety protocol. The toll climbed to 3,832 with the addition of 19 fatalities, while the total virus caseload mounted to 9,56,421 and active cases stood at 67,795. As many as 6,653 people recovered from the infection, taking the total recoveries to 8,84,542. In the last 24 hours ending at 2 pm today, 91,931 samples were tested and the test positivity rate has come down to 6.10 percent. So far, 99,48,005 samples have been sent for testing. Everyone should strictly follow the COVID protocol and any slip would worsen the situation, Vijayan told reporters. Among the districts, Ernakulam recorded 714 new cases, Kozhikode 706, Malappuram 605 and Pathnamthitta 521. None of the UK returnees tested positive in the last 24 hours. Of the fresh cases, 28 were health workers, while 101 had come from outside the state and 5,131 people had been infected through contact. At least 2,15,653 people are under observation in various districts, including 10,960 in hospitals. (PTI)

  • February 05, 2021 / 07:42 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Union Health Ministry: None of these deaths has been causally linked with vaccination.

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  • February 05, 2021 / 07:42 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Union Health Ministry: Total hospitalisation till date is 27, no hospitalisation in past 24 hrs. Deaths so far are 22. New death in past 24 hrs is 1, a 77-yr-old male - a resident of Agra. He was hospitalised 7 days after vaccination with shock with preexisting diabetes.

  • February 05, 2021 / 07:31 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Union Health Ministry: We completed 50 Lakh (5 million) vaccinations in 21 days. In the US it took 24 days, 43 days in the UK and 45 days in Israel.

  • February 05, 2021 / 07:31 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Union Health Ministry: A total of 3,31,029 beneficiaries were vaccinated today.

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  • February 05, 2021 / 07:30 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Union Health Ministry: As on 5th Feb 2021, 6 pm, a total of 52,90,474 beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 and for which a total of 1,04,781 sessions have been held.

  • February 05, 2021 / 07:20 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Officials: Expert panel had recommended against granting emergency use authorisation to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine just 2 days before the pharma major announced withdrawal of application for such approval in India. (PTI)

  • February 05, 2021 / 07:10 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | 3rd phase of COVID-19 vaccination covering people aged above 50 likely to begin in March: Govt

    The third phase of vaccination against the coronavirus is likely to commence in March and will cover 27 crore people aged 50 years and above and those with co-morbidities, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in Lok Sabha on Friday. Replying to questions on vaccines and the vaccination drive against the coronavirus during the Question Hour, Vardhan said nearly five million people have been inoculated in the country so far. He added that the vaccination drive for frontline workers has begun this week. "In coming days, 27 crore people who are of above 50 years of age and those under 50 with co-morbidities will be vaccinated," Vardhan said. The vaccination drive began on January 16, starting with healthcare workers and then the frontline workers, both estimated to be around three crore. "After the completion of first and second phases, the third phase could be launched from any week next month," Vardhan said. He added that the third phase will cover people above the age of 50. "It is not possible to give an exact date, but we estimate that this process can start in the second, third or the fourth week of March," he said. Vardhan said the finance minister has allocated Rs 35,000 crore for vaccination in the budget and she has assured that it could be increased if required. He said two vaccines -- Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech -- have been approved for emergency use authorisation. Besides these, work is in progress on seven vaccines. Of the seven, three vaccines are in phase 3 clinical trial stage. Two vaccines are in phase 1 and 2 clinical trial stages and the remaining two are in advanced pre-clinical stage. He said India has received requests for vaccines from 22 countries. These countries include Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Egypt, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritius, Morocco, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, South Africa and the UAE. There is also request from the Pacific Island countries, he said. Vaccines have already been given to 15 countries through grant assistance and contracted doses. He said 56 lakh doses have been sent through grants and five lakh doses through contract. 

  • February 05, 2021 / 07:05 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh LIVE Updates | AP reports 97 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

    Andhra Pradesh logged 97 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the caseload to 8,88,275, while 179 patients got cured of the disease, pushing the recoveries to 8,80,046 in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday. A health department bulletin said one death was reported during the period and the toll now was 7,158. With 33,876 samples being tested, the total number of tests conducted stood at over 1.33 crore, it said. The state has 1,071 active cases. Chittoor district accounted for the most number of cases with 25 followed by Krishna with 10. (PTI)

     

     

  • February 05, 2021 / 06:53 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine works against UK variant, Oxford says

    AstraZeneca and Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine has similar efficacy against the "Kent" coronavirus variant currently circulating in Britain as it does to the previously circulating variants, the university said on Friday. The findings, released in a preprint paper and not peer-reviewed, also detailed recent analysis showing that vaccination with the shot results in a reduction in the duration of shedding and viral load, which may translate into a reduced transmission of the disease, Oxford University said.

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  • February 05, 2021 / 06:36 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh LIVE Updates | Andhra Pradesh reports 97 new COVID-19 cases, 179 recoveries and 1 death in the last 24 hours. Total cases: 8,88,275, Total recoveries: 8,80,046, Death toll: 7158, Active cases: 1071.

  • February 05, 2021 / 06:23 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Poland to reopen hotels and cinemas from mid-February: Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki

    Hotels, cinemas and theatres will reopen in Poland from mid-February at maximum half capacity, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday, as he takes tentative steps to reopen the economy amid rising frustration among businesses.

    While daily COVID-19 infections in the European Union’s largest eastern member have stabilised of late, the government is keen to avoid a renewed surge by easing restrictions too quickly, as was the case in countries like Portugal.

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