With 20,333 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours, the total caseload of the nation added up to 1,02,08,725, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. The number of active cases declined to 2,76,028 with 97,81,945 recoveries and 1,47,940 deaths reported so far due to the pandemic. As many as 21,097 were reported as cured while 281 lost lives to the infection on Sunday.
The government is set to initiate a two-day dry run in four states including Punjab, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. – for its proposed ambitious vaccination drive which is likely to begin in January 2021.
Focus on management of possible adverse events after immunisation, and dry runs that include checks on cold storage and transportation arrangements will be part of the programme that will be carried out in the chosen districts in each state. All the four states will report their observations to the centre recorded during the program. The government plans to cover 30 crore people in the first phase when it rolls out a vaccine for coronavirus.
AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunisation) panels will be formed and treatment centres will also be identified if the vaccine triggers an adverse response in any of the beneficiaries. A total of 2,360 training sessions have been held so far, and 7,000 officials have been trained, including medical officers and vaccinators, stated the officials.
Kerala, on Sunday reported 4,905 new COVID-19 infections, 3,463 recoveries and 25 deaths. The total caseload has risen to 7,40,517 while the active infections stood at 65,165. As many as 2,977 has lost lives to the infection till now.
Maharashtra saw 3,314 new cases taking the total confirmed cases to 19,19,550. The active infections stood at 59,214 with 18,09,948 overall recoveries and 49,255 deaths reported so far.
West Bengal saw 1,435 new infections, 1,740 recoveries and 29 deaths yesterday. The total caseload stood at 5,47,443 of which the active infections totalled to 13,774. As many as 9,598 fatalities have been recorded in the state till now.
Tamil Nadu added 1,009 new infections on Sunday taking its overall caseload to 8,14,170. The active cases stood at 8,947. The state has seen 7,93,154 recoveries and 12,069 deaths due to the infection.