NEW DELHI, Jan 18 (NNN-PTI) – India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,571,773 today, as 13,788 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, according to the latest data from the federal health ministry.
According to the official data, the death toll mounted to 152,419, as 145 patients died since yesterday morning.
There are still 208,012 active cases in the country, while 10,211,342 people have been discharged, so far, from hospitals after medical treatment.
Saturday was a crucial day in India’s fight against the pandemic, as the nationwide vaccination drive was kicked off during the day.
Till yesterday, a total of 224,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated, out of whom 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated yesterday alone.
A total of 447 cases of Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFIs), after vaccination were reported, out of whom three required hospitalisation.
Meanwhile, the federal government ramped up COVID-19 testing facilities across the country, even as over 180 million tests have been conducted so far.
As many as 187,093,036 tests were conducted till yesterday, out of which 548,168 tests were conducted yesterday alone, the latest data, issued by the Council of Medical Research (ICMR) showed today.
The capital, Delhi, which is the most affected places in the country, witnessed comparatively a lesser number of cases over the past two weeks. As only 246 new cases and eight deaths were registered through Saturday.
Delhi had recorded only four deaths on Thursday, the lowest number of deaths since May 11.
So far as many as 10,746 people have died in the capital, confirmed the Delhi’s health department.
Two types of vaccines are being administered to the people in India. While the “Covishield” vaccine, made by the “Serum Institute of India (SII),” was supplied to all states, the “Covaxin” vaccine, made by the “Bharat Biotech International Limited,” was supplied to only a number of states.– NNN-PTI