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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual meeting with chief ministers of all states and union territories and reviewed the preparedness for Covid-19 vaccine administration across the nation. This was PM Modi’s first interaction with chief ministers following the recent approval of two coronavirus vaccines for restricted emergency use by India’s drug regulator and the announcement of January 16 as the date for the rollout.
In India’s vaccination drive, set to start on January 16, priority will be given to about 3 crore frontline workers, followed by around 27 crore people above the age of 50 and others with co-morbidities. The country has also conducted two dry runs to understand the best way to administer vaccine shots and plug loopholes in logistics and training.
After vaccinating healthcare and frontline workers, priority will be given to those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities, together numbering around 27 crore, a government statement said.
The number of people who have tested positive for the new UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in India has climbed to 96, the health ministry said on Monday. Till Saturday, the number of such people was 90. “The total number of persons found infected with the mutant UK strain of COVID-19 is 96,” the ministry said.
Meanwhile, India Monday recorded the lowest single-day case spike since June 23 after it reported 16,311 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours. The virus testing on Sunday at 6.59 lakh was also the lowest since the third week of August. Active cases further dropped to 2.2 lakh. A total of 161 deaths were reported on Sunday, this is the first time since the end of May that the country reported less than 200 fatalities.