Coronavirus LIVE: Over 5.6 mn vaccinated so far, says health ministry

A medic injects Covishield vaccine to Police personnel, at Railway Hospital in Lucknow on Friday.
Coronavirus live updates: India reported 11,713 fresh Covid-19 cases on Friday pushing the overall tally to 10,814,304, according to Health Ministry. The death toll from the deadly infection jumped to 154,918. 

The Covid-19 vaccine is being provided to healthcare workers and frontline workers for which, apart from free of cost supply, the operational cost of Rs 123.49 crore has been released to the states and UTs, Minister of State for Health, Ashwini Choubey informed the Lok Sabha.

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 105,881,627. While 77,505,862 have recovered, 2,307,092 have lost their lives. Meanwhile, the US continues to be the worst-hit country with 27,398,711 cases.

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Nagpur sees 268 Covid-19 cases, 187 recoveries

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nagpur increased by 268 on Saturday to reach 1,35,738, while the death toll rose by five and the recovery count by 187, an official said according to PTI. The district has so far seen 4,190 deaths and 1,28,259 recoveries, leaving it with 3,289 active cases, he added.

With 3,954 samples being examined on Saturday, the overall number of tests in Nagpur went up to 10,87,808. The district achieved 45.45 per cent vaccination target, or 1,000 out of 2,200 registered beneficiaries, on Saturday, another official informed.

Manipur reports 7 new Covid-19 cases and 11 recoveries

22 deaths reported after Covid vaccination, none linked to vaccine: Health ministry

Covid hospitalisations till date are 28. Out of these, 19 have discharged after treatment & there have been 9 deaths. In last 24 hours there has been no event of hospitalisation. Total deaths reported till date are 22. Out of these, hospital deaths are 9 & outside hospital deaths are 13. No new death reported in last 24 hrs. None of these deaths have so far been causally linked with Covid-19 vaccination: Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Union Health Ministry

Maharashtra reports 2,768 new Covid-19 cases, 1,739 recoveries

China grants conditional approval to 2nd Covid-19 vaccine

China has granted conditional approval for its second Covid-19 vaccine, ahead of the expected emergency approval from the WHO for two of its jabs that would enable the country to step-up global supplies of the shots, according to a PTI copy. China's drug regulator has given approval for the conditional mass use of the coronavirus vaccine produced by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech.

Sinovac Biotech announced on Saturday that CoronaVac, an inactivated vaccine candidate against COVID-19, received authorisation from the National Medical Products Administration for conditional mass use in China. It is the second locally made vaccine to be given conditional approval. Beijing authorised the state-owned Sinopharm's vaccine in December.

The conditional approval was based on the results of the overseas Phase-III clinical trials of CoronaVac. Final data from the trials has not been made available yet and the results of its efficacy and safety require further confirmation, state-run Global Times said, quoting a Sinovac statement.

12 states with less than 40% vaccination coverage of health worker database

12 states with coverage of less than 40% of their total health workers database-Assam 39.9%, Delhi 37.1%, Punjab 33.7%, J&K 33.6%, Dadra & Nagar Haveli 31.9%, Ladakh 31.7%, TN 28%, Chandigarh 27.7%, Meghalaya 21.7%, Nagaland 21%, Manipur 17.4% & Puducherry 13.6%: Health Ministry

Top 13 states to do over 60% vaccinations of healthcare workers

Top 13 states that have done over 60% of healthcare workers coverage - Bihar 76.6%, MP 76.1%, Tripura 76%, U'khand 71.5%, Mizoram  69.7%, UP 69%, Kerala 68.1%, Odisha 67.6%, Rajasthan 67.3%, HP 66.8%, Lakshadweep 64.5%, Andaman 62.9%, Chhattisgarh 60.5%: Health ministry

Over 100,000 poeple vaccinated in Delhi so far

The number of people vaccinated against Covid-19 till date in Delhi crosses 1 lakh-mark and majority of them are healthcare workers: Officials to PTI

370,693 frontline workers vaccinated, 4.5% of current database of health workers: Govt

Since we started vaccinating frontline workers from 2nd Feb, a total of 3,70,693 frontline workers have also been covered which is 4.5% of the current database of frontline workers: Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Union Health Ministry

Over 5.6 mn vaccinated so far, says Health Ministry

As of 6th Feb 2021 at 6 pm, the total vaccination is 56,36,868, out of which healthcare workers who have been vaccinated are 52,66,175 which is 54.7% of the total cohort of healthcare workers who are registered on CoWIN: Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Union Health Ministry

Jammu & Kashmir records 65 new Covid-19 cases

Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday recorded 65 new coronavirus cases that raised its tally to 1,24,850, officials said. The union territory did not report any death due to the infection in the past 24 hours, they said. Of the fresh cases, 15 were recorded from the Jammu division and 50 from the Kashmir division, the officials said.

They said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 26 cases which included 11 travellers. While eight districts of the UT did not report any fresh case, 10 others had fresh cases in single digits, the officials said. Pulwama reported 10 COVID-19 cases. The number of active cases is 631 in the union territory, while 1,22,275 patients have recovered so far, the officials said. A total of 1,994 people have died of coronavirus in the union territory so far.

Tamil Nadu reports 477 new Covid-19 cases, 503 recoveries

States/UTs asked to improve vaccination percentage coverage: Centre

While there are 12 states/UTs that have achieved 60% or more vaccination coverage of healthcare workers, they were all advised to improve percentage coverage of vaccinated beneficiaries as there're many States/UTs that need to improve performance on this parameter: Govt of India

Indonesia reports 12,156 new Covid-19 cases

The Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 12,156 within one day to 1,147,010, with the death toll adding by 191 to 31,393, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. According to the ministry, 12,204 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 939,184.

The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces. Specifically, within the past 24 hours, West Java recorded 3,971 new cases, Jakarta 2,379, Central Java 1,601, East Java 745 and East Kalimantan 607. No more new positive cases were found in North Maluku province.

Andhra Pradesh reports 75 new Covid-19 cases, 133 recoveries

Odisha logs 82 new Covid-19 cases, DGP gets inoculated

Odisha's Covid-19 tally on Saturday mounted to 3,35,548 after 82 more people tested positive for the infection while a fresh fatality pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 1,909, PTI quoted a health department official as saying. The state during the day launched the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive across the state for frontline workers including police personnel, revenue department officials, municipal officials and panchayati raj institution members.

Odisha DGP Abhay became the first among the frontline workers to receive the vaccine at Cuttack while a number of senior IPS officers and district collectors also received the jab. The 82 new cases were detected in 20 of the state's 30 districts, with 49 of them reported from different quarantine centres while the remaining 33 are local contact cases.

Sundergarh recorded the highest 15 new cases followed by Angul (9) and Sambalpur (7). Ten other districts, Bhadrak, Boudh, Dhenkanal, Jagatsinghpur, Kandhamal, Kendrapara, Koraput, Nayagarh, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri, did not register any new cases since Friday.

Delhi reports 123 new Covid-19 cases, 151 discharges

25 countries in queue for 'Made in India' Covid-19 vaccine: Jaishankar

India has so far supplied COVID-19 vaccine to 15 countries and another 25 nations are in the queue at different levels for the jab, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said here on Saturday, according to PTI. He said there are three categories of countries which are keen to get the vaccine from India- poor, price sensitive nations and other countries which directly deal with pharmaceutical companies that make the antidote.

"I think right now we have already supplied to about 15 countries (as per my recollection). I would say there would be another about 25 countries which are at different stages in the pipeline. But what it has done is today it has put India on the map of the world," Jaishankar told reporters in a press conference.

The minister said some poor countries are being supplied the vaccine on a grant basis while some nations wanted it on par with the price that the Indian Government pays to the vaccine makers. Some countries have directcontractswith the Indian vaccine producing companies and have negotiated commercially, he said.

Telangana reports 161 new Covid-19 cases, total count reaches 295,431

Telangana reported 161 new Covid-19 cases, 147 discharges, and one death on Friday, as per the state health department. The State Health Department in its Saturday bulletin said the total count of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 2,95,431 including 2,91,846 discharges. The active cases in the state currently stand at 1,977. Besides, 1,608 deaths have been reported in Telangana till Friday.

Out of the total of 2,95,431 cases, 2,06,802 are asymptomatic while 88,629 are symptomatic. As many as 35,421 samples were tested on Friday and 845 patients are kept under home/institutional isolation. Telangana's recovery rate stands at 98.78 per cent and the case fatality rate is at 0.54 per cent.

Over 200 mn tests done in India so far: Health Ministry

India has crossed 200 million mark with total 200,672,589 tests done so far; 740,794 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours: Union Ministry of Health

Over 5.4 mn people vaccinated against Covid-19 in India: Health ministry

More than 54 lakh people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. Of the 54,16,849 beneficiaries inoculated, the highest number of people were vaccinated in Uttar Pradesh at 6,73,542, followed by Maharashtra at 4,34,943, Rajasthan at 4,14,422 and Karnataka at 3,60,592. In a statement, the health ministry said India is the fastest country to reach the 50 lakh-mark in COVID-19 vaccination in 21 days.

"In the last 24 hours, 4,57,404 people were vaccinated across 10,502 sessions. A total of 1,06,303 sessions have been conducted so far. It includes 3,01,537 healthcare workers and 1,55,867 frontline workers," the ministry said. It said a total of 20 crore (20,06,72,589) tests have been conducted till now. About 83.3 per cent of the new cases are observed to be concentrated in six states/union territories of Maharashtra, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka.


South Korea reports 393 more Covid-19 cases, 80,524 in total

South Korea reported 393 more cases of Covid-19 as of midnight Friday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 80,524, according to PTI. The daily caseload stayed below 400 for five days out of the past seven days. It showed signs of moderating after peaking at 1,240 on Dec. 25, 2020. The daily number of infections hovered above 100 since Nov. 8 owing to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

Of the new cases, 142 were Seoul residents and 108 were residing in Gyeonggi province. Twenty-seven cases were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 6,472.Five more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 1,464. The total fatality rate stood at 1.82 percent. A total of 388 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 70,505. The total recovery rate was 87.56 percent. The country tested more than 5.89 million people, among whom 5,715,152 tested negative for the virus and 97,677 are being checked.

Telangana reports 161 new COVID-19 cases, total count reaches 2,95,431

Telangana reported 161 new COVID-19 cases, 147 discharges, and one death on Friday, as per the state health department. The State Health Department in its Saturday bulletin said the total count of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 2,95,431 including 2,91,846 discharges. The active cases in the state currently stand at 1,977. Besides, 1,608 deaths have been reported in Telangana till Friday. Out of the total of 2,95,431 cases, 2,06,802 are asymptomatic while 88,629 are symptomatic.

Over 5.4 million people vaccinated against COVID-19 in India: Health ministry

More than 5.4 million people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. Of the 54,16,849 beneficiaries inoculated, the highest number of people were vaccinated in Uttar Pradesh at 6,73,542, followed by Maharashtra at 4,34,943, Rajasthan at 4,14,422 and Karnataka at 3,60,592. In a statement, the health ministry said India is the fastest country to reach the 50 lakh-mark in COVID-19 vaccination in 21 days.

Covid-19 tracker: Cases, recovered and prevalnce

In Pics | Glimpses from biggest inoculation drive across India

Surat district collector Dr.Dhaval Patel takes the COVISHIELD vaccine and aware people of the COVID-19 vaccination, at Simmer hospital in Surat.
Police personnel standing in a queue to take the first dose of COVISHIELD vaccine inside the vaccination center, at Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad.
A health worker shows COVID 19 vaccine Covaxin at R. G. Kar Medical College and hospital during COVID 19 vaccine run, in Kolkata.

Mexico gets China's Sinovac vaccine paperwork for approval

Mexico announced Friday that Sinovac, the Chinese manufacturer of the CoronaVac vaccine, has submitted paperwork for approval in Mexico. Another Chinese firm, CanSino, has submitted partial paperwork. Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard wrote early Friday that the CanSino vaccine had been applied successfully in the trials and had applied for authorization. But Assistant Health Secretary Hugo Lopez-Gatell later clarified that it had presented only initial documents, noting: They are not yet results" of Phase 3 trials. CanSino has not released any estimated efficacy rate. Mexico would presumably require those figures for approval.

India has approved the supply of 1,00,000 doses of Covid vaccines to Cambodia

India has approved the supply of 1,00,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Cambodia on an urgent basis: Embassy of India in Phnom Penh

3 new Covid-19 cases push Andamans tally to 4,997

After remaining COVID-19 free for four days the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has reported three new coronavirus cases, an official said on Saturday. The three new COVID-19 cases were detected in South Andaman district on Friday, pushing the coronavirus caseload to 4,997, the official said. The union territory had zero COVID-19 active cases from February 1 to February 4, he said.

China announces providing 500k Covid-19 vaccines to Nepal

China has announced that it will provide half a million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to Nepal. During a phone call with his Nepali counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Friday evening, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced that Beijing will provide the 500,000 doses in a grant. During the call, the two Ministers discussed vaccine-related cooperation among others, according to the Foreign Ministry of Nepal. Gyawali said that the Nepali government and people are grateful for China's timely and valuable vaccine aid. Earlier this week, the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu had announced that it would provide 300,000 vaccines to the Himalayan nation.


For third day in a row no new COVID-19 case in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh did not report any fresh COVID-19 case for the last three days, a senior health department official said on Saturday. The total COVID-19 caseload in the northeastern state is 16,829, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Lobsang Jampa said. Arunachal Pradesh currently has eight active COVID-19 cases, while 16,765 people have recovered from the disease. The COVID-19 death toll in the state is 56. 

161 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death in Telangana

Telangana registered 161 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the total positives to over 2.95 lakh while one more fatality pushed the toll to 1,608. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 28, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri, Rangareddy and Warangal Urban with 10 each, a government bulletin said on Saturday providing details as of 8 pm on February 5. The total number of cases stood at2,95,431 while recoveries were at2,91,846. As many as1977 patients are under treatment and 35,421 samples were tested on Friday.


Delhi govt declares 6 hospitals completely 'Non-Covid' as cases decline

In view of the decreasing cases of COVID-19, the Delhi Government has declared six of its hospitals completely "Non-COVID" hospitals. Along with this, it has also been decided to reduce the number of reserve COVID-19 beds in five government hospitals. The order has been issued by the Health Department of the Delhi Government, which will come into force with immediate effect, according to the Delhi Health Department. According to the order, the hospitals of which have been declared completely COVID-19 free are--Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Acharya Shree Bhikshu Hospital and SRC Hospital.


11,713 new cases take India's coronavirus tally to 1,08,14,304

India's COVID-19 infection tally climbed to 1,08,14,304 with 11,713 new cases in a day, while 1,05,10,796 people have recuperated so far pushing the national recovery rate to 97.19 per cent on Saturday, according to Union Health Ministry data. There are 1,48,590 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which accounts for 1.37 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 1,08,14,304 and the death toll climbed to 1,54,918 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 95 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers should share production capacity: WHO

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), has called on Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers to scale up production significantly and urged countries to share doses once they complete their inoculation programmes.

Reiterating the negative impact of inequitable access to Covid-19 vaccines worldwide at a press briefing here on Friday, Tedros said that although the number of vaccine doses administered globally has already exceeded the number of reported infections, more than three-quarters of those were administered in just 10 countries that account for almost 60 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP).

Meanwhile, 2.5 billion people in almost 130 countries have yet to receive a single dose, Xinhua news agency quoted the WHO chief as saying.

"All governments have an

Global Covid-19 cases top 105.3mn: Johns Hopkins

The total number of global coronavirus cases has topped 105.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.29 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 105,346,199 and 2,296,700, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 26,804,927 and 459,278, respectively, according to the CSSE.

US to deploy over 1,000 troops to boost inoculation efforts

The US government will deploy more than 1,000 troops across the country in an effort to boost the vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus.

Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a request for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the troops' deployment, Xinhua news agency quoted Andy Slavitt, senior adviser to the White House's Coronavirus Response Team, as saying at a news conference on Friday.

Part of the first contingent of more than 1,000 troops will arrive at vaccination centres in California over the next 10 days and begin operations around February 15, Slavitt said.

20,06,72,589 samples tested for COVID19

A total of 20,06,72,589 samples tested for #COVID19 up to 5th February. Of these, 7,40,794 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

Coronavirus cases drop at US homes for elderly and infirm

Coronavirus cases have dropped at US nursing homes and other long-term care facilities over the past few weeks, offering a glimmer of hope that health officials attribute to the start of vaccinations, an easing of the post-holiday surge and better prevention, among other reasons.

More than 153,000 residents of the country's nursing homes and assisted living centers have died of COVID-19, accounting for 36 per cent of the US pandemic death toll, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Many of the roughly 2 million people who live at such facilities remain cut off from loved ones because of the risk of infection. The virus still kills thousands of them weekly.

France reports 22,139 COVID-19 new cases, overall deaths top 78,000

The number of new confirmed coronavirus infections in France slowed for the second day in a row but stood well above the 5,000-case threshold to unwind restrictions, while deaths caused by the epidemic rose to 78,603, the health authorities said on Friday. A total of 22,139 people tested positive for COVID-19 in France in the past 24 hours, down from 23,448 on Thursday and 26,362 on Wednesday. The accumulative total of France's confirmed coronavirus cases was nearly 3.3 million, ranking sixth globally after the United States, India, Brazil, Russia, and Britain.

Africa's confirmed Covid cases pass 3.62 million

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases on the African continent has reached 3,626,960, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

According to the continental disease control and prevention agency's Covid-19 dashboard, the death toll related to the pandemic in Africa stood at 93,647 as of Friday, Xinhua news agency reported.

A total of 3,128,534 people infected with Covid-19 have recovered across the continent so far, the African Union (AU) Commission's healthcare agency disclosed.

Chile says 454,155 people vaccinated against Covid

Chilean Health Minister Enrique Paris has said 454,155 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the country so far, as part of the mass vaccination plan that kicked off on Wednesday. "We hope this level of participation at vaccination centres continues in the next few days, which will achieve the immunization of critical groups," Paris said in a statement on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported. Of the total number of people immunized, 91,843 are over 85 years old, since the Chilean vaccination plan began with this age group considered to be at risk.

US Congress passes budget resolution for Biden's COVID-19 relief plan

The US Congress on Friday (local time) passed a budget resolution, a key procedural step that paves the way for Democrats to pass President Joe Biden's USD 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, without the threat of opposition from Republicans. According to CNN, the Senate early on Friday morning passed the budget resolution 51-50 on a party-line vote after Vice President Kamala Harris showed up at the Capitol to break the tie. The House passed the resolution later in the day. The House had already passed the budget measure earlier this week, but because it was amended in the Senate it needed to go back to the House for a final vote.


UK records another 19,114 coronavirus cases, 1,014 deaths

Another 19,114 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 3,911,573, according to official figures released on Friday. The country also reported another 1,014 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 111,264. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test, Xinhua news agency reported. The latest figures were revealed as Downing Street confirmed that all British adults aged 50 and older are expected to be offered a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine by early May.

Vaccination for police, security force to begin in Telangana today: Health Minister

Telangana is set to start a vaccination drive for officials of police and security forces from Saturday, said state Health Minister Eatala Rajender on Friday. "We are successfully conducting the vaccine program in Telangana and will vaccinate the police and security forces from February 6," he said. The Minister informed the Telangana is working to make some hospitals 'Covid Free Hospitals' because with a significant reduction of coronavirus infection in the state, such infrastructure will not be necessary.


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