India sees new COVID-19 cases at 13K; Over 33 lakh receives vaccine shots

India sees new COVID-19 cases at 13K; Over 33 lakh receives vaccine shots

India witnessed 13,053 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The total number of active cases in the country has fallen to 1,67,316, while the caseload tally stands at 1,07,34,026. With 14,872 new discharges recorded yesterday, the total recoveries have escalated to 1,04,08,034, till now. Meanwhile, the death toll has reached 1,54,184, with 137 recent deaths.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (2,015,524), Karnataka (937,383), Kerala (905,591) , Andhra Pradesh (887,349), and Tamil Nadu (836,315).

Kerala reported 6,268 new infections, 6,398 recoveries and 22 deaths on Friday. The cumulative caseload has risen to 9,17,631 with 72,242 of them being active infections. The total recoveries have reached 8,41,444 while the death toll has reached 3,705.

Maharashtra recorded 2,771 new infections, 2,613 recoveries and 56 deaths on Friday. The total case burden of the state has risen to 20,21,184 of which 43,147 are active infections. The total recoveries have reached 19,25,800 while the total fatalities have mounted to 51,000.

More than 33 lakh healthcare workers vaccinated across the country, according to the health ministry. The government has asked states to start vaccinating frontline workers alongside health workers from the first week of February. Inclusion of frontline would enable police personnel, home guards, municipal workers to get the jab.

Chief Economic Advisor Dr K Subramanian on Friday said India’s COVID-19 response strategy helped the country to prevent 37 lakh cases and 1 lakh deaths, PTI reported. Addressing a press conference on Economic Survey 2020-21, Dr Subramanian said India’s COVID-19 response was guided by research, epidemiology and economics.

Globally, nearly 102.6 million people have been infected by the SARS- CoV-2 virus. While 74,299,138 have recovered, 2,214,227 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 26,500,252, followed by India, Brazil, Russia and the United Kingdom. However, it terms of the total number of active cases, US tops the charts, followed by France, UK, Brazil and Belgium. India ranks 15th among worst-hit nations by active cases.