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1 in 4 in India may have been Covid-19 infected, Tibetan cases total 1,519

(TibetanReview.net, Feb04’21) – About one in four of India’s nearly 1.4 billion people may have been infected with the coronavirus, reported the Reuters Feb 4, citing a source with direct knowledge of a government serological survey. While this suggests that the country’s real caseload was many times higher than reported, it is still far from attaining herd immunity.

The WHO says at least 60% to 70% of a population needs to have immunity to break the chain of transmission. India’s capital Delhi, which recently reported over 56% immunity among its population of more than 20 million, may be close to achieving herd immunity.

Meanwhile, the county has inoculated around 45% of its healthcare workers since the launch of its vaccination drive on Jan 16, becoming the fastest country to vaccinate over 4 million, reported the timesofindia.com Feb 4, citing official data as of Feb 2.

And the latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 12,899 new Covid-19 cases and 107 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Feb 4 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 10,790,183 cases and 154,703 deaths respectively.

A total of 10,480,455, or 97.13%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 155,025, or 1.44% of the total. The case fatality rate was 1.43%. The percentage figures were mostly significant improvement over those reported the day before.

The latest daily number of new cases, at 12,899, was less than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 17,824, leading to a decrease in the number of active cases by 5,032.

Seven states that saw more than 200 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours were: Kerala (6,356), Maharashtra (2,992), Tamil Nadu (514), Karnataka (426), Chhattisgarh (351) and Gujarat (288), Madhya Pradesh (258), and West Bengal (201). 

Seven states with the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours were: Maharashtra (30), Kerala (20); West Bengal (7), Chattisgarh (7), Uttar Pradesh (6), and Delhi (6), Uttar PRddesh (6).

India is currently the country with the world’s second highest number of Covid-19 cases and the fourth highest number of deaths in cumulative numbers.

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The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases among Tibetans in India, Nepal and Bhutan has risen to 1,519. Of them 1,449 had recovered, 29 were active and 41 had died, according to the tally of the Central Tibetan Administration as of Feb 4.

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Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 104,477,541 and the deaths 2,270,860, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 4:53 PM on Feb 4, 2021.

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