Coronavirus updates | January 21, 2021

A Municipal worker sanitising at KBN College premises in Vijayawada in the wake of COVID-19 positive cases.   | Photo Credit: V. Raju

Over 7.86 lakh people in India have been administered the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the health ministry. There have been four deaths among those vaccinated — three due to cardiac arrest and not linked to the vaccination and one was still being analysed, a Health Ministry official said.

All in all, States have reported 82 adverse events following immunisation and while 10 of them have merited hospitalisation, seven have been discharged and none grave enough to be recorded as a “serious/severe AEFI”. The deaths were reported from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh; Bellary and Shivamogga, Karnataka and Nirmal, Telangana.

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:


No case of serious adverse events attributable to vaccination reported till date: Health Ministry

No case of serious/severe adverse events attributable to vaccination reported till date said Additional Secretary (Health) Dr. Manohar Agnani.

Today there was one case of hospitalisation of a person who was vaccinated on January 16, sufferred intracranial hemorrhage on January 20 and was admitted at Geetanjali Medical College and Hospital in Rajasthan's Udaipur. It is not related to vaccination, added Mr. Agnani.

No death was reported today post immunisation.

With the implementation of new facilities in Co-WIN software, creation of more session sites, more sessions per site and change in site location are now allowed.

Planning and scheduling the sessions for entire week enabled. For enhanced safety of the beneficiaries, tagging of contra-indications is being enabled in vaccinator module.

Today, the Union Health Minister launched a campaign to address vaccine hesitancy and misinformation.  Digital media package with impactful messages from key technical experts from the country, who have taken COVID-19 vaccine, to be provided.

— Devesh K. Pandey



 9,99,065 individuals vaccinated for coronavirus across 27 States/UTs: Centre

As of January 21 till 6 p.m., a total of 9,99,065 beneficiaries have been vaccinated, said the Union Health Ministry. A total of 18,159 sessions have been held, it added.

According to it, vaccinations sessions were organised in 27 States/UTs today. There were 1,92,581 beneficiaries.  In A&N Island: 388; Andhra Pradesh: 15,507; Arunachal Pradesh: 1,518; Assam: 2,921; Bihar: 15,798; Chandigarh: 284; Chhattisgarh: 5,788; Dadra & Nagar Haveli: 59; Delhi: 5,128; Gujarat: 12,212; Haryana: 15,491; Himachal Pradesh: 695; J&K: 2,408; Karnataka: 16,103; Kerala: 10,266; MP: 7,117; Meghalaya: 420; Mizoram: 1,029; Nagaland: 199; Odisha: 26,558; Punjab: 4,832; Sikkim: 194; Tamil Nadu: 6,497; Telangana: 26,441; Tripura: 5,538; Uttarakhand: 2,003; West Bengal: 7,187.

— Devesh K. Pandey


Health Minister assures people on safety, efficacy of COVID vaccines

Vaccination against COVID-19 will lead to people not transmitting the disease and its eradication in some time, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on January 21 as he unveiled IEC posters to address the emerging issue of vaccine hesitancy in some sections of the population.

Commenting on the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, he said, “The paradox is that countries across the globe are asking us for access to the vaccines, while a section of our own is fomenting misinformation and doubt for narrow political ends.” More than eight lakh healthcare workers were vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country till 7 a.m. on January 21, according to the Health Ministry. — PTI

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Major fire at Serum Institute of India’s Gopal Patti premises

A major fire erupted at an under-construction building of vaccine manufacturing major Serum Institute of India (SII)’s Gopal plant in Pune late afternoon on January 21.  

According to prima facie reports, no casualties have been reported thus far. At least nine persons have been safely evacuated from the floor where the blaze erupted, said police authorities.  - Shoumojit Banerjee

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Sri Lanka reopens to tourists after 10 months

Sri Lanka reopened to foreign tourists Thursday after a nearly 10-month pandemic closure that cut deeply into the Indian Ocean island nation's lucrative travel industry.

Full operations also resumed Thursday at the island's two international airports, accommodating the commercial flights.

Under new protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, tourists must be tested for the virus in their country 72 hours prior to their flight, when they arrive at their hotel in Sri Lanka and again seven days later. They must stay in a “travel bubble” designated in 14 tourism zones without mixing with the local population. About 180 hotels have been earmarked for tourist accommodations.


PM Modi, CMs to take COVID-19 jab in second phase of vaccination

As the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 continues with varying degrees of enthusiasm in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Ministers of various States are likely to get the jab in the second phase of vaccination for those over 50 years of age.

Government sources confirmed that Mr. Modi in his video conference with Chief Ministers just before the launch of India’s vaccination drive in January had told the group that politicians should not jump the queue for vaccinations as the first round was for frontline workers in the health and law enforcement sectors. - Nistula Hebbar

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COVID-19 active caseload further dips to 1.81% of total cases

The COVID-19 active caseload in the country has further reduced to 1,92,308 comprising 1.81% of the total infections, with Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and West Bengal accounting for 73% of the total active cases, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.

The Ministry said that as on date, a total of 8,06,484 beneficiaries have received the vaccination against the virus. In a span of 24 hours, 1,31,649 people were vaccinated across 2,398 sessions. A total of 14,118 sessions have been conducted so far. The rising daily recoveries and declining new cases has ensured a total net reduction of the active caseload. A net decline of 4,893 cases has been recorded in the total active cases in a day. — PTI

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Bharat Biotech seeks emergency use approval for vaccine in Philippines

Bharat Biotech submitted on Thursday an application for the emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines, Food and Drug Administration chief Rolando Enrique Domingo said.

Bharat Biotech, which has developed COVAXIN with the Indian Council of Medical Research, is the fourth vaccine maker to apply for emergency use in the Philippines. - Reuters


Haryana govt. mulls reopening classes 6 to 8

The Haryana government is mulling to reopen schools for Class VI-VIII from February 1 and hold annual exams in April-end. However, the parents will have the choice to not send their wards to the schools. - Vikas Vasudeva

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Co-WIN glitches slow down COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Karnataka

The COVID-19 vaccination drive was either halted or slowed down in several hospitals across Bengaluru, Karnataka on Wednesday as glitches in the Co-WIN app persisted.

However, Karnataka continued to have the highest number of healthcare workers vaccinated in the country. Of the 1.12 lakh healthcare workers vaccinated in total, 36,211 were from the State.


India records 15,223 new cases

India's COVID-19 caseload crossed 1.06 crore with a total of 15,223 infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries have surged to 1,02,65,70, according to the Union health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

The total cases have increased to 1,06,10,883. The death toll mounted to 1,52,869 with 151 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,02,65,706 pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate of 96.75%.The COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.44%.

The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh. There are  1,92,308 active coronavirus infections in the country which  comprises 1.81% of the total caseload, the data stated. - PTI


Fertility clinics see rush with start of COVID-19 vaccination

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic and with two vaccines now available, fertility clinics in the national capital claim that the rush is back with walk-in patients having more than doubled as compared to December 2019.

Infertility expert and founder of Seeds of Innocence Gauri Agarwal said patients who had been waiting during the lockdown are now coming and looking to start the treatment.

“There is, however, an additional pressure on IVF clinics to ensure screening of donors due to the threat of COVID-19. We are following a strict screening protocol, including RT-PCR test and on-day pick up,” said Dr. Gauri.

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(With inputs from Agencies)

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