Delhi headed toward Covid-19 herd immunity, vaccination picking up pace nationwide

Daily Covid-19 cases in India register a fall on Sundays and Mondays. (Photo courtesy: Financial Express)

(, Jan26’21) – India’s capital Delhi could be heading towards developing herd immunity from Covid-19, with the fifth serological survey indicating over 50% of its residents had developed antibodies, reported the Jan 26. This could be a reason behind the consistent dip in the number of new cases this month, the report cited experts as saying.

Meanwhile India has now vaccinated over 19.5 lakh healthcare workers against Covid-19 in the last 10 days, including 3,34,679 on Jan 25, the highest number of inoculations in a day since the nationwide rollout on Jan 16, reported the Jan 26. The report cited officials as saying the drive picked up pace in many states following the awareness drive launched by the government early last week which helped allay fear and apprehensions about safety of the vaccines.

On Jan 26 morning, India reported the lowest daily cases as well as death from Covid-19 in eight months, said yet another Jan 26.


The latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 9,102 new Covid-19 cases and 117 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Jan 26 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 10,676,838 cases and 153,587 deaths. Both the daily numbers were much lower than those reported the day before.

A total of 10,345,985, or 96.9%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 177,266, or 1.66% of the total. The case fatality rate remained at 1.44%. The percentage figures were mostly improvements over those reported the day before.

The latest daily number of new cases, at 9,102, was less than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 15,901, leading to a decrease in the number of active cases by 6,916.

Kerala, the country’s fourth worst-hit state and having the highest number of active cases continued to report the highest daily new infections at 3,361, followed successively by the country’s worst-hit state with the second highest number of active cases Maharashtra (1,842), fifth worst-hit state Tamil Nadu (540), Chattisgarh (482), Gujarat (390), second-worst hit state Karnataka (375), eighth worst-hit state West Bengal (252), Madhya Pradesh (200), seventh-worst hit state Uttar Pradesh (194), … Himachal Pradesh (35), and so on.

The 131 daily new deaths included 30 from Maharashtra; 17 from Kerala; 13 from Chattisgarh; 7 each from Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal; 5 each from Punjab and Delhi. The rest of the states have reported from 4 to no death.

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


The cumulative total of Covid-19 cases among Tibetans in India, Nepal and Bhutan has remained unchanged for the third day at 1,492. Of them 1,430 had recovered, 25 were active and 37 had died, according to the tally of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on its website as of Jan 26.


Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 99,801,418 and the deaths 2,142,526, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 4:52 PM on Jan 26, 2021.


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