90% of adult population in India vaccinated against COVID-19 with first dose: Union Health Ministry

On Thursday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said, citing Gulf News, that nearly 90 per cent of the adult population in India had been vaccinated against COVID-19 with the first dose.

In a briefing to the media, Love Agarwal, Joint Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, said: “Nearly 90 percent of the adult population in India has been vaccinated against COVID-19 with the first dose. On average, India has reported more than 8000 cases per day last week. The overall rate of positive cases was 0.92 percent. From December 26 onwards, the country is reporting 10,000 cases per day.”

“A weekly positivity rate of over 10 per cent is observed in eight districts including six districts in Mizoram and one in Arunachal Pradesh and Kolkata in West Bengal. The weekly positivity rate ranges between 5-10 per cent in 14 districts of the country. There are 961 Omicron cases of coronavirus in India, of which 320 patients have recovered.

On Thursday, the Federal Ministry of Health said India had reported 13,154 new cases of COVID-19 and 268 deaths in the past 24 hours.

The number of Omicron COVID-19 variant cases in the country has risen to 961 with maximum cases reported from Delhi (263) and Maharashtra (252).

With that, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 3,482,040 while the death toll rose to 4,888,860. The ministry said that the number of active cases in the country is 82,402, representing 0.24 percent of the total cases.

As many as 7,486 patients were cured in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 3,42,58,778. The recovery rate in the country is currently 98.38 percent.

The country’s weekly positivity rate is 0.76 percent and has been below 1 percent for the last 46 days. The daily positivity rate is 1.10 percent which has remained below 2 percent for the last 87 days. The country has conducted up to Rs 67.64 crore of COVID-19 tests so far.

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