Coronavirus updates | January 202, 2021

A medical staff being administered the COVID-19 vaccine at Chinna Waltair in Visakhapatnam on January 19, 2021.   | Photo Credit: K.R. Deepak

Days after coronavirus vaccination began in India, the country has reported 0.18% Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) and 0.002% hospitalisation till date, according to the Health Ministry. Over six lakh essential workers have been administered the shot till date

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are live updates:

Vaccination updates

Co-WIN software used for vaccination management enhanced

The Co-WIN software being used for vaccination management has been enhanced. A new feature of "allot beneficiary" in "ongoing session" has been added. This is to allow maximum possible number of beneficiaries per session and for better coverage.

Pre-registered beneficiary in the database can be added to the session as additional beneficiary over and above the scheduled number of beneficiaries.

Person's name can be searched in the database by mobile phone. A provisional certificate can also be given after the first dose and the final certificate after the second dose.

Daily review of progress is to be done by district magistrates. The feedback about the overall day's progress has to be taken and planning and scheduling of the forthcoming vaccination sessions will also be done. The officials will be conducting regular reconciliation of vaccine stocks.

No case of serious/severe adverse events following immunisation attributable to vaccination reported till date.

— Devesh K. Pandey

Vaccination updates

7,86,842 individuals vaccinated for coronavirus across 20 States/UTs: Centre

As of January 20 till 6 p.m., a total of 7,86,842 beneficiaries have been vaccinated, said the Union Health Ministry. A total of 14,119 sessions have been held, it added.

According to it, vaccination sessions have been organised in 20 States/UTs today. In Andhra Pradesh: 1,12,007; Bihar: 38; Chhattisgarh: 5,219; Haryana: 1,192. Himachal Pradesh: 45; Jharkhand: 2,779, Karnataka: 36,211; Kerala:262; Ladakh: 108; MP: 6,731; Maharashtra: 16,261; Manipur: 334; Meghalaya: 311; Mizoram: 417; Nagaland: 447; Odisha: 7,891; Punjab: 2,003; Sikkim: 80; Tamil Nadu: 6,834; West Bengal: 2,296.

Cases of hospitalisation: one in Uttarakhand has been discharged; one in Chhattisgarh, discharged; one in Rajasthan, discharged; Among four in Delhi, three have been discharged and one under is still under observation. Karnataka has two cases of which one has been discharged and one is under observation.

In West Bengal, one person has been hospitalised. He is under observation.

Four deaths have been reported so far. One in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh where post-mortem confirmed a cardio-pulmonary disease which was not related to vaccination. Second was reported in Bellary, Karnataka. Post-mortem is suggestive of myocardial infarction, not related to vaccination. Third death was reported from Shivamoga in Karnataka, it is a suspected case or myocardial infarction and also not related to vaccination. The fourth death was reported in Telangana's Nirmal, the post mortem is under way.

— Devesh K. Pandey

Caseload update

India's COVID-19 caseload rises to 1,05,95,660

With 13,823 infections reported in a day, India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,05,95,660, while the recoveries surged to 1,02,45,741, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday.

The death toll due to the disease increased to 1,52,718 in the country as 162 new fatalities were recorded, the ministry data updated at 8 a.m. showed.

The total number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,02,45,741, pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.70%. The COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.44%, it said.

The active caseload remained below 3 lakh. - PTI


Chennai airport to have COVID-19 testing lab

A COVID-19 lab will begin functioning at Chennai airport in two days. Passengers coming to the city without a COVID-19 negative certificate or those who develop symptoms can get tested at the facility.

Officials of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said the State government authorities on Monday inspected the lab and gave nod for opening it. It would be operated in the international arrival hall.

“They [lab staff] will collect samples from passengers and within a few hours, the passengers can get the results. There will be a waiting area for passengers awaiting the results. The passengers will be charged for the tests based on the slab given by the State government,” an official said.

Delhi and Bengaluru airports had set up similar labs a few weeks ago.

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