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‘Inoculating 50% to 60% of India’s population should be enough to safeguard the population’

(TibetanReview.net, Jan23’21) – More than two million people had died from Covid-19 worldwide and by the end of this month the number of reported cases could reach 100 million, chinadaily.com.cn Jan 22 cited Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization (WHO) as saying Jan 21, addressing the extraordinary meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization. However, vaccines have the potential to bring the pandemic under control, he has said.

India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive, which began a week ago on Jan 16, has covered nearly 14 lakh people already, reported the ndtv.com Jan 23, citing the country’s health ministry.

Meanwhile senior government functionaries on Jan 22 told a parliamentary standing committee on health and family welfare that India had no plan to vaccinate the entire country against coronavirus as yet and that covering 50% to 60% of the country’s population should be enough to safeguard the population, reported the timesofinda.com Jan 23.

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Meanwhile the latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 14,256 new Covid-19 cases and 152 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Jan 23 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 10,639,684 cases and 153,184 deaths. Both the daily numbers were marginally lower than those reported the day before.

A total of 10,300,838, or 96.81%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 185,662, or 1.78% of the total. The case fatality rate remained at 1.44%.

The latest daily number of new cases, at 14,256, was less than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 17,130, leading to a decrease in the number of active cases by 3,026.

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 6,753, followed successively by the country’s worst-hit state with the second highest number of active cases Maharashtra (2,779), fifth worst-hit state Tamil Nadu (574), Gujarat (451),  Chattisgarh (440), eighth worst-hit state West Bengal (406), Madhya Pradesh (347), second-worst hit state Karnataka (324), seventh-worst hit state Uttar Pradesh (303), … Himachal Pradesh (41), and so on.

The 152 daily new deaths included 50 from Maharashtra; 19 from Kerala; 8 each from Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Punjab; 7 each from Delhi and Chattisgarh. The rest of the states have reported from 5 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.

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The cumulative total of Covid-19 cases among Tibetans in India, Nepal and Bhutan has increased by 2 to 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 Tibet.net website as of Jan 23.

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Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 98,272,008 and the deaths 2,109,401, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 3:52 PM on Jan 23, 2021.

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