India records 10,064 new cases, caseload rises to 1,05,81,837, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: India reported the lowest number of daily coronavirus infections in over seven months with 10,064 new cases, which took the caseload to 1,05,81,837, while recoveries have surged to 1,02,28,753, according to Union health ministry data updated on Tuesday.

The country’s death toll increased to 1,52,556 as 137 fatalities, the lowest in around eight months, were recorded in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,02,28,753, pushing the national Covid-19 recovery rate to 96.66 per cent, while the Covid-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.44 per cent.

The Covid-19 active caseload remained below three lakh.

There are 2,00,528 active Covid-19 cases in the country which comprise 1.90 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed 20 lakh on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5, and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20, and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research

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Day 1 glitches ironed out, vaccination centres ready for next, Health News, ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: On Saturday, when the Covid-19 vaccination drive started, 4,319 out of 8,117 beneficiaries got inoculated at 81 centres. On Monday, day two of the drive, the number of vaccinators and centres will remain the same, but, apart from the vaccine doses, the authorities are also armed with valuable lessons learnt on the first day.

“Though the exercise was streamlined on Saturday and there were no major problems at any centre, glitches were faced in the Co-WIN app. Thankfully, backup hard copies of all records were available and technical glitches didn’t derail the exercise,” said a government official. “The problems have been rectified and, hopefully, there won’t be any glitches Monday onwards,” he added.

Another area that might see further enhancement are the observation booths at the centres. “There were 52 instances of adverse events following immunisation. Except one, all were minor effects, but more infrastructure for medical emergencies may be added to tackle such events, even though the centres are currently in hospitals,” said the official.

“Only one 22-year-old, who is in security work, was admitted in the ICU at AIIMS, while the other 51 were discharged after monitoring for sometime,” said health minister Satyendar Jain.

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Active Covid cases down 94% in 10 weeks, Health News, ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: On November 14, 2020, when the capital was battling its third and deadliest Covid wave, 7,340 new cases and a positivity rate of 14.8% had been recorded. The number of active cases stood at 44,456 that day, the highest till date. Nine weeks from that Saturday, the number of active cases has crashed by 93.9% to 2,691 on January 16, when the first phase of vaccination started.

Over the past 24 hours, 299 new Covid-19 cases have been reported with a positivity rate of 0.4%. There were 96 fatalities on November 14, 2020, but it is down to single digit figures now.

Currently, 1,109 patients are admitted in hospitals, occupying less than 10% of the total 11,428 Covid-designated beds. While home isolation cases are 1,234, there are 49 patients admitted in Covid care centres. Out of the 1,408 Covid-19 ICU beds with ventilators, 1,094 are vacant and of the 2,737 Covid-19 ICU beds without ventilators, 2,545 are available.

“Well done Delhi! Delhi records the lowest number of Covid cases in the last 8 months. The positivity rate stands at an all-time low at 0.44%. With the resilience of Delhiites, we are committed to fight and beat Corona,”CM Arvind

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Covid-19 vaccination drive begins in Delhi, healthcare workers get first shots, Health News, ET HealthWorld

The Covid-19 vaccination drive began in Delhi on Saturday with healthcare workers, who were at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic, getting the first shots. Doctors, nurses and healthcare workers were vaccinated at AIIMS hospital.

A doctor, a nurse and a sanitation worker will be given the shot later in the day in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at LNJP Hospital, sources had said on Friday. According to the Chief Minister’s Office, Kejriwal will visit the hospital at 12 noon. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain is also expected to join him.

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers of the LNJP Hospital, Delhi’s largest state-run facility, had rendered yeoman service last year in the collective battle against the deadly virus.

The vaccination exercise will span 81 sites across all 11 districts. Six central government hospitals – AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital, RML Hospital, Kalawati Saran Children Hospital and two ESI hospitals are also part of the drive.

Besides LNJP Hospital, Delhi-government run GTB Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, DDU Hospital, BSA Hospital, Delhi State Cancer Institute, ILBS Hospital are among the vaccination sites.

Private facilities Max Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Apollo Hospital and Sir

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IMF chief, Health News, ET HealthWorld

WASHINGTON: IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva has praised India for taking ‘very decisive‘ steps to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences and asked the country to do more this year to support an accelerated transformation of the economy.

The IMF Managing Director during a global media roundtable on Thursday predicted a less bad outlook for India in the upcoming World Economic Update due to the steps taken by it.

“When I called on everybody to stay tuned for January 26, that applies very much to India. You would see a picture in our update that is less bad. Why? Because the country actually has taken very decisive action, very decisive steps to deal with the pandemic and to deal with the economic consequences of it,” Georgieva said.

The International Monetary Fund is scheduled to release its World Economic Update on January 26. Talking about India, she said it was a very dramatic lockdown for a country of this size of the population with people clustered so closely together.

“Then India moved to more targeted restrictions and lockdowns. What we see is that that transition, combined with policy support, seems to have worked well. Why? Because if

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Kolkata allocated highest number of Covid vaccines in Bengal, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Kolkata has been allocated the highest number of Covid vaccines in West Bengal, at 93,500, for the first phase of the vaccination drive scheduled to begin on January 16, a senior health official said on Thursday. North 24 Parganas district has been allocated the second-highest number of Covid vaccines at 47,000, followed by Murshidabad at 37,500, he said.

“All necessary preparations are on the track for the vaccine rollout. The district-wise allocation has been made as per data uploaded on CoWIN portal as on January 12, 9.45 am for the first dose of Covid vaccination of health workers and personnel of armed forces,” the Health Department said in a communication to the CMOHs in all the districts.

West Bengal has been allocated 6,44,500 vaccines for the first phase of the drive. The state government has allowed the use of private hospitals as Covid vaccination centres after a meeting with authorities of such medical establishments. West Bengal has so far registered 5,62,795 coronavirus cases, including 9,993 fatalities.

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