India records over 2.35 lakh Covid-19 cases, 871 fatalities in last 24 hours

Over 165.04 crore anti-Covid vaccine doses administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive; Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya holds a high-level meeting with eight Southern States and Union Territories` Health Ministers

Prime News, National, Health, Disease, Vaccine, New Delhi, January 29:- With 2,35,532 people testing positive for the coronavirus infection in a day, India’s total tally of cases increased to over 4.08 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday (January 29).

The death toll has climbed to 4,93,198 with 871 fatalities reported during the 24-hour period, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The active cases decreased by 1,01,278 to reach 20,04,333 — 4.91 percent of the total infections — while the country’s recovery rate stands at 93.89 percent, the ministry said.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 13.39 percent, while the weekly positivity rate was 16.89 percent, according to the Health Ministry.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,83,60,710, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.21 percent, the ministry said.

After the Saturday update, the total number of infections stands at 4,08,58,241, it said.

Meanwhile, the cumulative number of anti-Covid vaccine doses administered in the country so far has crossed 165.04 crore.

India surpassed the one-crore mark in the number of cases on December 19, 2020. It crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.

On Friday (January 28), Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya held a high-level meeting with eight Southern States and Union Territories` Health Ministers and stressed upon e-Sanjeevani, teleconsultation, monitoring home isolation and increasing RT-PCR in States which are reporting lower percentage testing.

The review meeting was held with the State Health Ministers and officials of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Puducherry, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.

He also requested the States to accelerate the pace of vaccination of the 15-17 years age group and those whose second dose is due. The Union Health Minister also said that testing should be ramped up in the States where it has gone down.

Highlighting India’s remarkable vaccination coverage, the Union Health Minister said that India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive is a global success story, especially for such a populous country like ours.

He further advised the States and Union Territories to expedite the utilisation of the approved funds for creating health infrastructure under the India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Package-II. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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