COVID-19 vaccination nears 1.6 million even as infection rate rises in Kerala

COVID-19 vaccination nears 1.6 million even as infection rate rises in Kerala

India saw 13,232 new COVID19 cases on Sunday. The total caseload of the state stood at 1,06,68,674 of which 1,81,480 were active infections. As many as 13,148 recoveries and 131 deaths were reported on the day. The total recoveries have reached 1,03,29,244 and the fatalities have reached 1,53,508.

Kerala recorded 6,036 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday pushing the case tally to 8,90,279. The state now has the highest active cases at 72,894. As many as 5,173 recoveries were recorded on the day taking the total recoveries to 8,13,550. With 20 recent deaths the total fatalities took to 3,608.

Maharashtra witnessed 2,752 new COVID-19 cases and 1,743 recoveries on Sunday. The state’s active case tally has marginally risen to 44,831. The total case tally has reached 20,09,106. With 45 fatalities, the total death toll has climbed to 50,785. The cumulative recoveries stand at 19,12,264, while the state’s recovery rate is 95.18%.

“Of a total of 1,42,07,595 laboratory samples tested thus far, 20,09,106 (with the case positivity rate down to 14.14%) have returned positive, with over 62,000 samples being tested in the last 24 hours,” said State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep Awate. He added that the state’s case fatality now stands at 2.53%.

Currently, a total of 2,08,993 people across the state are in home quarantine and 2,309 are in institutional quarantine facilities.

A total of 19,23,37,117 samples have been tested for COVID-19 so far. Of these, 5,70,246 samples were tested on Sunday, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research.

India has vaccinated 15,82,201 individuals with the anti-coronavirus shots till January 24. A total of 27,920 sessions have been conducted so far, the ministry said.

Globally, the COVID-19 caseload has reached 99,772,539 with 2,138,978 fatalities. The US has the highest number of cases at 25,702,125, which is followed by India, Brazil (8,844,600), Russia (3,719,400) and the UK (3,647,463).

The UK registered high daily death toll from the virus of 1,348 this weekend, taking the country’s total fatalities to 97,329.

“Regardless of whether someone has had their vaccination or not, it is vital that everyone follows the national restrictions and public health advice, as protection takes up to three weeks to kick in and we don’t yet know the impact of vaccines on transmission,” Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer.