Coronavirus LIVE updates: India logs 17,407 new COVID-19 infections, 89 deaths in a day; active cases over 1.73 lakh

10:37 (IST)

Over 1.73 lakh active coronavirus cases

Of the total 1.11 crore COVID-19 infections, there are as many as 1.73 lakh active cases, said the health ministry on Thursday. The total active caseload accounts for 1.56 percent.

10:25 (IST)

Closure of 15 lakh schools in India impacted 24.7 cr children, finds UNICEF study

Closure of 15 lakh schools due to the coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdowns in 2020 impacted 24.7 crore children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools in India, a UNICEF report has found.

Globally, schools for more than 16.8 crore children have been completely closed for almost a full year, it said.

The report stated that online education is not an option for all as only one in four children has access to digital devices and internet connectivity.

Pre-COVID, only a quarter of households (24 percent) in India had access to the internet and there is a large rural-urban and gender divide.

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10:13 (IST)

India's COVID-19 recovery rate at 97.2%

As many as 1,08,26,075 COVID-19 patients have been cured and discharged so far, the Union health ministry said in its latest update on Thursday. With this, the national recovery rate has increased to 97.2 percent. 

10:05 (IST)

India logs in 17,407 new infections

India registered 17,407 fresh cases of coronavirus infection, taking the overall count to 1,11,39,516, said the Union health ministry on Thursday. With 89 new fatalities, the COVID-19 toll in the country increased to 1,57,435.

09:59 (IST)

Thane reports 818 new COVID-19 cases

Thane has added 818 new cases of coronavirus, taking the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 2,66,910, an official said on Thursday.
Besides these new cases reported on Wednesday, six more people also succumbed to the viral infection, raising the toll in the district to 6,286, he said.

09:57 (IST)

More than 25,000 people vaccinated on day 3 of inoculation drive

 Over 25,000 beneficiaries, including 13,794 senior citizens, received shots of the COVID-19 vaccine in the national capital on Wednesday, according to data shared by officials.

In the 45-59 years age group, 1,625 beneficiaries received the jabs, a senior official said.

Coronavirus LATEST updates: As many as 1,08,26,075 COVID-19 patients have been cured and discharged so far, the Union health ministry said Thursday. With this, the national recovery rate has increased to 97.2 percent.

Over 25,000 beneficiaries, including 13,794 senior citizens, received shots of the COVID-19 vaccine in the national capital on Wednesday, according to data shared by officials.

In the 45-59 years age group, 1,625 beneficiaries received the jabs, a senior official said.

Over 5,100 senior citizens in Delhi had received their first shots of the vaccine on Monday when the second phase of the vaccination drive had begun in the national capital.

"Today, 25,054 people were vaccinated, out of which 13,794 were citizens in the age group of 60 and above," the official said.

On Tuesday, a total of 21,227 beneficiaries, including 10,213 senior citizens and 1,442 people in the age group of 45-59, received the shots.

In the first phase, starting 16 January, over 3.6 lakh beneficiaries comprising healthcare workers and frontline workers, have been vaccinated in Delhi.

Four minor cases of AEFI (adverse events following immunisation) were reported on Wednesday, he said.

The exercise on Wednesday was carried out across 346 sites, as per data shared by officials.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that over 300 centres had been set up at 192 facilities across the city for this phase of the vaccination.

As per official estimates, there are around 43 lakh people in the specified priority category of 60 years or above and those within 45-59 years with comorbidities in Delhi.

People within the age group of 45-59 years with comorbidities are required to produce a comorbidity certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner. A total of 20 comorbidities have been specified for vaccination, the officials said.

People eligible for vaccination also have to carry their photo identity cards, including Aadhaar card, PAN card or voter card.

On Wednesday, second doses were given to 4,196 people, officials said, adding, 3,364 frontline workers and 2,075 healthcare workers were also vaccinated.



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