India’s Vaccination Coverage Crosses 161 Crore 81 Lakh, Says Health Ministry


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The Union government has stated that COVID vaccination, including precaution doses, for individuals having lab test proven coronavirus infection will be deferred by three months after recovery.

The directive came as officials sought guidance with respect to the administration of precaution doses for the eligible persons having contracted COVID infection.

In a letter to all states and union territories, Union Health Ministry’s Additional Secretary Vikas Sheel stated that requests have been received from various quarters for guidance in regard to the administration of precaution dose to the eligible persons having COVID illness.

In an important development, the Delhi government has laid down SOPs for COVID-19 cases.

Labs giving real-time data to states, segregation of coronavirus patients on basis of districts and assembly constituencies are part of the SOPs laid down by the Delhi government.

Under the SOPs, labs have been directed to give real-time data within 20 hours to the State COVID-19 Response Centre.

They have been directed to segregate cases on the basis of districts, assembly names and wards, etc. This data will be published on the integrated management app.

The tele-calling unit of the COVID-centre is responsible for calling up the patient within half-a-hour of testing positive, it said.

With respect to other positive cases, all will be given a visit, in coordination with the CDMO, on the first day itself within four hours and time will be noted on software.

There are 61,954 active cases in Delhi, of which 48,356 are in home isolation, according to government data.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday extended the closure of educational institutions, including schools, till January 30 in view of rising coronavirus cases in the state.

The closure of all educational institutions has been extended till January 30 and online classes will continue, according to an order issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi.

The government had earlier ordered closure of the educational institutions till January 23 in view of a rise in COVID cases.

In Andhra Pradesh, active cases increased to 73,143 but there was a slight dip in fresh infections. Andhra Pradesh recorded 12,926 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday, taking the caseload to 21,66,194.

According to the latest bulletin, there were 3,913 recoveries and six deaths during the period.

The total recoveries now are at 20,78,513 and deaths 14,538, it said.

Notably, Singapore on Saturday reported its first Omicron-related death, a 92-year-old unvaccinated woman who caught the virus from a family member, PTI reported citing Channel News Asia.

The woman, who had no known medical history, died on Jan 20, about 10 days after catching the virus from a family member, the Channel News Asia reported.

“Upon investigation, doctors have concluded that the death was due to COVID-19 infection, by the Omicron variant,” the report said, quoting a health ministry statement.

The woman was unvaccinated and had no known medical history, the ministry said.



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