Coronavirus updates | January 27, 2021

A health worker inoculates a frontline warrior with COVID vaccine at KIMS Hospital in Hyderabad on Monday. AFP  

Over 20 lakh healthcare workers across the country have received COVID-19 vaccine jabs till Tuesday evening, as per provisional reports, the Union health ministry has said.

According to Health ministry data, the highest number of vaccinations in the country till now have been carried out in Karnataka at 2,31,601 followed by Odisha at 1,77,090, Rajasthan at 1,61,332 and Maharashtra at 1,36,901.

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 the latest updates:

 

New Delhi

 

Home Ministry issues fresh COVID-19 guidelines

The Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order on January 27 extending the COVID-19 “guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution” till February 28.

The guidelines permit the opening of cinema halls and theatres at a higher capacity than the 50% seating strength allowed till now. Swimming pools have also been permitted to open for all.

All kinds of social, religious and cultural gatherings that were earlier restricted to a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity with a ceiling of 200 persons in closed spaces, will now be allowed subject to the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by State governments.

“For further opening up of international air travel of passengers, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) may take a decision in consultation with MHA based on the assessment of the situation,” the order said.

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New Delhi

2,99,299 people vaccinated today, one hospitalised

Dr. Manohar Agnani of the Health Ministry gives updates on vaccination data:

As on Jan 27, till 6 p.m., a total of 23,28,779 beneficiaries have been vaccinated, a total of 41,599 sessions have been held so far.

On Jan 27, in 28 States and UTs, a total of 2,99,299 people have been vaccinated.

The State-wise breakup:

Andhra Pradesh: 8,491; Assam: 162; Bihar: 606; Chandigarh: 285; Chhattisgarh: 10,906; Delhi: 6,441; Goa: 476; Gujarat: 1,366; Haryana: 5,353; Himachal: 461; J&K: 158; Jharkhand: 5,287; Karnataka: 33,124; Kerala: 10,541; Ladakh: 141; MP: 60,194; Maharashtra: 37,575; Manipur: 360; Meghalaya: 482; Mizoram: 872; Nagaland: 547; Odisha: 1,195; Punjab: 4,636; Rajasthan: 71,632; Sikkim: 257; Tamil Nadu: 4,316; Uttarakhand: 172 and West Bengal: 33,263.

Total hospitalisations till date are 16, percentage wise against vaccinations, it is 0.0007%.

One new event of hospitalisation reported in the past 24 hours, it was a case of bacterial sepsis. The patient is under treatment at Apollo Hospital in Chennai.

Total nine deaths have been reported till date, one death of a 23-year-old male reported from Nuapada in Odisha in the past 24 hours. The post-mortem report is awaited. None of these deaths have been causally linked to COVID-19 vaccination.

No case of of serious/severe adverse event following immunisation, or death attributable, to vaccination reported till date.

- Devesh K. Pandey

 

Sri Lanka to procure 2 to 3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from India: Official

Sri Lanka will purchase 2 to 3 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from its Indian manufacturing company Serum Institute of India during the next two days, a top Sri Lankan official said here on Wednesday.

Lalith Weeratunga, the advisor to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that purchasing from India will follow Thursday’s arrival of India’s free vaccines to Sri Lanka.

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12,689 fresh COVID-19 cases take India's infection tally to 1,06,89,527

India's COVID-19 tally mounted to 1,06,89,527 with 12,689 new cases in a day, while 1,03,59,305 people have recuperated from the infection so far pushing the national recovery rate to 96.91% on Wednesday, according to the Union Health Ministry's data.

With 137 more fatalities, the death toll reached 1,53,724, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed. The COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.44%.

There are 1,76,498 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprise 1.65% of the total caseload, the data stated.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 19,36,13,120 samples have been tested up to January 26 with 5,50,426 samples being tested on Tuesday. - PTI

 

Peru volunteer in Chinese vaccine trial dies of COVID-19 pneumonia

A volunteer in the local Peruvian trial of a coronavirus vaccine produced by China’s Sinopharm Group Co Ltd has died from COVID-19 related pneumonia, the university carrying out the trial said on Tuesday.

Cayetano Heredia University, which is involved with the study, said that it did not know if the volunteer had received the vaccine or the placebo in the double blind trial. Peru is being hit by a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

 

Rich countries hoarding COVID vaccines: Ramaphosa

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa accused rich countries of “hoarding” coronavirus vaccines.

“The rich countries of the world went out and acquired large doses of vaccines from developers and manufacturers, and some countries have even gone beyond and acquired four times what their population needs,” he said.

“There’s just no need for a country, which perhaps has 40 million people, to acquire 120 million doses or even 160 million,” the president said.

“So, we’re saying, release the excess vaccines that you’ve ordered and hoarded,” he said in a candid plea during a virtual State of the World Address at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Davos Dialogues.

 

‘People sceptical about vaccines took a shot’

A survey by LocalCircles, a community social media platform, held in the last four months, has found that though most people surveyed were sceptical, quite a few had since got vaccinated against COVID-19.

LocalCircles, which began collecting responses from people to understand their views on the vaccines, said as of January 19, 62% were hesitant to be vaccinated immediately.

The organisation found that while 36% of them had taken the vaccines or would take them, 4% said they would take the vaccines whenever they were made available in private hospitals or through other channels.

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