COVID-19 cases dip to 8K as India brings police, revenue staff under vaccine ambit

COVID-19 cases dip to 8K as India brings police, revenue staff under vaccine ambit

India recorded 8,635 new cases of coronavirus disease in the last 24 hours, according to the union health ministry. With this, the nationwide tally reached 1,07,67,206. The active cases stood at 1,60,728. The total recoveries have reached 1,04,47,450 with 13,443 new discharges reported in the past day. With 94 recent deaths, the total fatalities have reached 1,54,522.

As many as 37,58,843 vaccine doses have been administered so far across the country. The health ministry had said all states and union territories would initiate vaccination of frontline and healthcare workers against COVID-19. From February 1, frontline workers of government departments other than health, such as police, local administration and revenue, have been receiving the COVID-19 vaccines in the country.

Kerala reported 3,459 new infections on Monday, pushing its case tally to 9,32,638. The total active infections stood at 69,216. With 5,215 recent discharges, the total recoveries have risen to 8,59,421. As many as 17 deaths took the death toll to 3,761. Around 33.6K tests were conducted on the day, according to the state officials.

Maharashtra witnessed 1,948 new COVID-19 cases on Monday as opposed to 3,289 patients being discharged. The active case tally has dipped to 43,701 while the total cases have reached 20,28,347. As many as 27 fatalities saw the death toll climbed to 51,109. The case fatality stood at 2.52%. The cumulative recoveries stand at 19,32,294 while the state’s recovery rate has marginally dropped to 95.26%.

“Of a total 1,46,56,223 laboratory samples tested thus far, 20,28,347 have returned positive with over 39,000 samples being tested in the last 24 hours,” State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep Awate said. Currently, 1,92,382 people across the state were in home quarantine and 2,152 were in institutional quarantine facilities.

A total of 19,77,52,057 samples were tested for COVID-19 up to February 1. Of these, 6,59,422 samples were tested yesterday as per reports from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).