India's active COVID-19 cases fall below 2 lakh for 1st time since June 2020

by National | 20-01-2021 | 650 views

India has reported 13,823 new COVID-19 cases and 162 more deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. As many as 16,988 people recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of active cases to 1,97,201. This is the first time after June 2020 that the number of active COVID-19 cases fell below two lakh-mark.

NITI Aayog member, VK Paul has called for ending hesitancy among health care workers with regards to the COVID-19 vaccine. "The only way of addressing it is by engaging repeatedly with the beneficiary groups and trying to address their doubts and confusions," Paul added. Health Ministry said that over 6.31 lakh healthcare workers have been vaccinated so far.

Telangana Health Department Director Dr S Rao stated that over 18,000 people have been administered the first doses of the coronavirus vaccines in the state so far. Dr Rao added, "There are no reports of severe adverse events following immunization (AEFI). A few mild reactions have been reported in one or two cases. They have been kept under observation."

Out of 2,900 estimated beneficiaries in Pune district, 1,403 (48%) were vaccinated against coronavirus on the second day (Tuesday). In PMC areas, 36% of the 600 beneficiaries were inoculated, while in PCMC areas, 35% of the 800 beneficiaries received the COVID-19 vaccine. In the state of Maharashtra, a total of 14,883 healthcare workers were vaccinated across 274 centres on Tuesday.

1,000 doses of Covishield vaccine found frozen in Assam

Assam's health department ordered a probe after 100 vials containing 1,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine Covishield were found in frozen condition at a Barak Valley hospital. "It could be due to a problem in storage," MN Ngatey, director, health services (family welfare) said. He added that the frozen doses would be sent for laboratory tests to know about their efficacy.

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