India reports 15,677 new COVID19 incidences on Thursday

India reports 15,677 new COVID19 incidences on Thursday

India reported 15,677 new COVID-19 incidences on Thursday, pushing the cumulative case tally of the nation to 1,05,28,508. With 1,01,62,082 recoveries and 1,51,954 fatalities reported from the infection so far, the active cases have declined to 2,10,106. The nation registered 15,848 recoveries and 189 deaths in the past 24 hours. With 19 new deaths, the total fatalities have risen to 3,392.

Kerala reported 5,490 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday after 67,712 samples were tested. The test positivity rate remained at 8.11%.

While the total case burden of the state rose to 8,31,259, the active cases stood at 66,503. The cumulative recoveries till date in the state has risen to 7,61,154.

Meanwhile, three more persons who travelled to the state from the UK and who tested positive for COVID-19 have been found to be infected with the virus variant B.1.1.7, first reported in the U.K.

The virus variant, which is believed to be more transmissible than the originally circulating strain of SARS-CoV-2 virus, has now been identified in a total of nine persons in the state, all of whom had returned from the U.K.

The number of critically-ill COVID-19 patients in the state who are currently being treated in ICUs in various hospitals in the state is 778, according to official reports, with 227 of them requiring ventilator assistance.

Maharashtra reported 3,579 new COVID-19 positive cases, 3,309 recoveries and 70 deaths in the past 24 hours. The total case tally stood at 19,81,623 with the active cases at 52,558. By far, the death toll has reached 50,291.

West Bengal recorded 680 new cases, 694 recoveries and 17 deaths on Thursday. The total case tally remained at 5,63,475 with 7,272 of them being active infections. Meanwhile, the death toll has risen to 10,010 in the state.

The pan India rollout of COVID-19 vaccination drive will be launched at 10:30 am via video conferencing, on 16th January, 2021.

“A total of 3006 session sites across all states and UTs will be virtually connected during the launch. Around 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each session site on the inaugural day,” PMO said.

Nearly 3 crore healthcare and frontline workers will receive the jab during the first phase of COVID-19 inoculation drive. The list includes health workers, both from government and private institutions, along with sanitation workers, other frontline workers, defence forces, police and other paramilitary forces.

The vaccination utilises the Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN) app which is a repurposed from the e-VIN platform that will provide real-time information of vaccine stocks, their storage temperature and individualized tracking of beneficiaries of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Among the various features, the CoWIN app includes automated session allocation. One of the authentication methods would be to use of Aadhaar to prevent malpractice, the health ministry said in a press briefing.

The Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday announced that CoWIN app’s self-registration module will be released soon and it is mandatory to register with the app for the vaccination process.