The number of daily deaths reported due to the pandemic in India fell below 300 on Friday, for the first time since June 9, and stood at 251. The total fatalities have reached 1,47,379 as of now. The overall COVID-19 incidences recorded in India has surged to 1,01,69,818 with 22,350 new infections reported in the past 24 hours. The overall active infections stood at 2,80,274 in the nation. With 22,184 patients getting discharged the total recoveries climbed to 97,39,382.
Kerala reported 5,397 new infections, 4,506 recoveries and 16 deaths on Friday. The overall case tally of the state stood at 7,32,085 of which the active cases under treatment added up to 64,032. As many as 6,64,951 people have recovered from the infection so far in the state, while 2,931 lost lives to it.
Maharashtra reported 3,431 new COVID-19 incidences and 71 deaths on Friday. The total caseload has risen to 19,13,382 with 56,823 of them being active infections. As many as 1,427 saw recovery yesterday totalling the recoveries to 18,06,298. The death toll stood at 49,129.
A total of 16,921 medical staffs including 4,490 employees from 42 centres of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) and 12,431 employees from 904 private health institutions will be vaccinated in the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme by the civic body, announced the NMMC chief Abhijit Bangar.
The vaccination booths/centres would be designed as per the government guidelines. “Each booth would have a waiting room, vaccination room, and observation room. The team that would be posted at every booth will consist of four vaccination officers and one vaccinator. At one centre, around 100 people would be vaccinated every day,” he added.
Those expected to get vaccinated would be registered by the corporation on CoWin app. After the arrival of the person at the vaccination centre, their presence would be recorded, and their identity card and other documents would be verified by the designated officer. After the vaccination, the person would be kept in the observation room for some time and their condition would be monitored. A second dose of the vaccine will also be given after a few days and the message about it would be sent to the receiver of the first dose on their registered mobile number.
Bangar also directed officials to make arrangements for imparting training to officers and staff appointed at the vaccination centre.
Delhi reported 758 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest since August 16, when 652 infections were reported in a day. The new cases took the total confirmed cases to 6,21,439. The death toll has reached 10,414 after 30 more fatalities were reported yesterday. Of the total cases, 6,03,758 people have recovered and there are now 7,267 active cases in the city. A total of 85,749 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. The test positivity was 0.88% on Friday.
Meanwhile, in the ongoing door-to-door contact drive being conducted by the Delhi government to test the UK-returned persons for COVID-19, eight have so far been found infected, officials said on Friday.
A total of 19 passengers out of over 13,000 who landed from the UK at the IGI Airport between November 25 and December 21 have been found positive. Eleven were tested positive at the airport while eight others were found positive during the door to door contact and testing drive, as per the statement.
Out of the total 18,774 beds available for COVID-19 treatment in the city, 85.8% were vacant. About 2,656 people were admitted in hospitals and 3,762 patients were under home isolation. There are now 5,001 containment zones in the city.
The city government informed the Delhi High Court that an expert committee has recommended reducing from 80% to 60% the number of ICU beds reserved for COVID-19 patients in private hospitals in the Capital.
The decision was taken by the De-escalation Committee (COVID-19) which was constituted to assess the current position of hospital admissions and discharges and recommend a reduction in the number of beds dedicated for COVID-19 patients.
The Delhi government said the panel has recommended that de-escalation may be carried out in a graded manner, preferably in Delhi government and private sector hospitals but not in the central government hospitals.
“The committee recommends that COVID ICU beds reservation of 80% of total ICU beds in the private sector be reduced to 60%, making 40% ICU capacity of the private hospitals available for the non-COVID critical care,” the government said.
“This will make available 600 ICU beds [approx] for non-COVID patients. The committee decided not to change the COVID ICU beds status of any Delhi government hospitals as for now,” it added.
The court was also informed that the panel has recommended that “the COVID beds reservation of 60% of total beds in all private hospitals should be de-escalated to 45%. This will result in making 55% of beds in private sector hospitals available for non-COVID patients”.
It will increase the non-COVID beds in the private sector from existing 6,760 to nearly 8,696, an increase of more than 1,930 beds. COVID-19 beds in the private sector shall decrease from existing 9,051 to approximately 7,115, it said.