Coronavirus live updates | January 15, 2021

A medical staff gives coronavirus vaccine to a man as COVID-19 dry run, in Bhubaneswar.   | Photo Credit: Biswaranjan Rout

India's COVID-19 caseload increased to 1,05,27,683 with 15,590 infections being reported in a day, while recoveries have surged to 1,01,62,738, according to Union health ministry data updated on Friday.

The death toll has increased to 1,51,918 with 191 new fatalities, the data updated at 11 a.m. showed.

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India's new COVID-19 cases per million population in last 7 days among lowest in the world: Health ministry

India recorded 87 new COVID-19 cases per million population in the last seven days which is one of the lowest in the world when compared with countries like the US, the UK, Russia, Germany, Brazil, France and Italy, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

It further said that only one new death per million population was reported in India in this period.  "With a case fatality rate of 1.44 %, COVID-19 deaths per million population in India are one of the lowest in the world," the ministry underscored.   India's total COVID-19 active caseload continues to manifest a sustained downward movement and has dropped to 2.13 lakh comprising just 2.03 % of the country's total infections, it said.

The daily new cases added to the country's COVID-19 numbers have been below 20K in the recent days, it said.

The number of daily new cases registered in a span of 24 hours is 15,590 while 15,975 cases have recovered and discharged during the same period.


Vaccinate, but insist on Covishield, TNGDA tells doctors

The Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association (TNGDA) has recommended to doctors to get the COVID-19 vaccination, and insist on the Covishield vaccine till the phase-3 results of Covaxin are out.

The COVID-19 vaccination is all set to be rolled out January 16 with healthcare providers to be covered in the first phase. The State received 5,36,500 doses of Covishield and 20,000 doses of Covaxin. As of now, 4.39 lakh healthcare professionals/workers have been registered.

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India records 15,590 fresh coronavirus cases

India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,05,27,683 with 15,590 people testing positive for the infection in a day, while the recoveries have surged to 1,01,62,738, according to the Union health Ministry data updated on Friday.

The country's death toll increased to 1,51,918 with 191 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.   The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,01,62,738 pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.53%, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.44%.

The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh.

There are 2,13,027 active cases of coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 2.02 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.  India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past  60 lakh on September 28,  70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29,  90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

According to the ICMR, 18,49,62,401 samples have been tested up to January 14 with 7,30,096  samples being tested on Thursday. - PTI


India says COVID-19 vaccine supply to other countries will take ‘some time’

 India is assessing production schedule of COVID-19 vaccines for domestic use, and delivery of vaccines to other countries is expected to take “some time”, the Ministry of External Affairs said on January 14. Addressing the weekly press briefing MEA official spokesperson Anurag Srivastava reiterated that India is committed to use vaccines for the benefit of all humanity

“The vaccination process is just starting in India. It is too early to give a specific response on the supplies to other countries as we are still assessing production schedules and availability to take decisions in this regard. This may take some time,” Mr. Srivastava said in response to questions on India’s regional commitment to help neighbours counter the pandemic.

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India took 'very decisive' steps to deal with coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences: IMF chief

IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva has praised India for taking “very decisive” steps to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences and asked the country to do more this year to support an accelerated transformation of the economy.

The IMF Managing Director during a global media roundtable on January 14 predicted a less bad outlook for India in the upcoming World Economic Update due to the steps taken by it.

“When I called on everybody to stay tuned for January 26, that applies very much to India. You would see a picture in our update that is less bad. Why? Because the country actually has taken very decisive action, very decisive steps to deal with the pandemic and to deal with the economic consequences of it,” Ms. Georgieva said.

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