Coronavirus updates | February 12, 2021

India has become the fastest country in the world to finish 70 lakh vaccinations against COVID-19 in 26 days.

Updated - February 12, 2021 10:43 pm IST

Published - February 12, 2021 09:22 am IST

Police Chief and Director General of Police (DGP) of Kerala, Lokanath Behera, being administered a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, in Thiruvananthapuram, Thursday, Feb 11, 2021.

Police Chief and Director General of Police (DGP) of Kerala, Lokanath Behera, being administered a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, in Thiruvananthapuram, Thursday, Feb 11, 2021.

The Health Ministry on Thursday said that concerns regarding the absence of an expiry date on the Covaxin vial, one of the two approved-for-use COVID-19 vaccines in India, were “completely unfounded and without basis” as the expiry date was mentioned on the label of the vaccine. The clarification came after Chhattisgarh Health Minister T. S. Singh Deo wrote to the Union Health Ministry on various concerns over the supply of Covaxin. The State Health Minister also tweeted about the absence of an expiration date on the vials of the vaccine.

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In its letter, the Ministry further added that the Central Drugs Standards and Control Organisation, headed by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), had granted permission to manufacture the two COVID-19 vaccines based on the prescribed procedure and after due evaluation of pre-clinical and clinical trial data.

The Health Ministry has now asked the State to improve the vaccine coverage of its frontline workers.

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:


India records 9,309 new cases, 78 fresh fatalities

The daily new COVID-19 cases fell below 10,000 for the third time this month taking India's tally of cases to 1,08,80,603, while fresh fatalities were recorded below 100 for the seventh time in February, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday A total of 9,309 infections have been reported in a day. The death toll increased to 1,55,447 with 78 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.    The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,05,89,230 which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.32 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.43 per cent.

The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 1.5 lakh.

There are  1,35,926 active cases of coronavirus infections in the country which comprise 1.25 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, 20,47,89,784  samples have been tested up to February 11 with  7,65,944 samples being tested on Thursday.

The 78 new fatalities include 25 from Maharashtra, 16 from Kerala and 7 each from Punjab and Karnataka.


First COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Japan from Pfizer

The first batch of Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Japan on Friday, local media reported, with official approval for the shots expected within days as the country races to control a third wave of infections ahead of the Olympic Games.

A government health panel is due to deliberate on the vaccine later on Friday, when it is expected to green-light the shots for formal approval. Kyodo News reported that approval would come on Sunday.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said vaccinations would begin from the middle of next week, starting with health workers, and the government hopes to have secured enough supplies for the whole populace by mid-year.

Howeverm Japanese Health Ministry official said they could not confirm the reports of the vaccine's arrival due to security reasons.

Tamil Nadu

No decision yet on reopening of schools for Classes 1 to 8: Minister

School Education Minister K.A. Sengottaiyan has said that no decision has been taken yet on reopening of schools for students from Classes 1 to 8. “Given the present situation, no inspection has been conducted to reopen schools for students of Classes 1 to 8,” the Minister told mediapersons in Gobichettipalayam on Thursday.

The issue would be taken up with Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami for discussion.He said 98.5% students from Classes 9 to 12 were attending schools with the consent of their parents.



Frontline staff keener than healthcare workers to get COVID-19 jab: Delhi government

A total of 15,807 beneficiaries, healthcare and front-line workers took the COVID-19 vaccination in the city on Thursday, the highest so far, and there were 12 Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI), said a Delhi government spokesperson. The number of people vaccinated on Thursday was 62.4% of the daily target of 25,300.

Of the total beneficiaries, 12,933 (81.8%) were front-line workers and 2,874 were healthcare workers, according to officials. “Front-line workers are showing more enthusiasm to get vaccinated compared to healthcare workers. Yesterday also, of the total beneficiaries, about 10,000 were front-line workers,” a Delhi government official told The Hindu.


Fake vaccines

Supreme Court refuses plea on fake COVID-19 vaccines

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to entertain a petition seeking a law to deter black marketing and supply of fake coronavirus ( COVID-19 ) vaccines.

“We are not the legislature. We cannot pass general directions. Please bring a concrete case,” Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde told petitioner-advocate Vishal Tiwari.



Vaccination drive enters second phase in Thiruvananthapuram

The capital district’s COVID-19 case graph dipped significantly to 4,437 on Thursday as 400 people recovered from the illness, even while 293 were diagnosed with the disease during the last 24 hours.

Almost all of the new cases were attributed to local transmission of the infection. One health-care worker was among those who tested positive. The death toll has grown to 788, according to official statistics available as on Wednesday when four recent deaths were added to the tally. The deceased people were two women, aged 75 and 83 years, and two men, aged 55 and 80 years.


( With inputs from our Correspondents and agencies )

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