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WHO says vaccine coverage unlikely to reach sufficient level to stop Covid-19 spread in near future

(TibetanReview.net, Jan27’21) – The number of people confirmed to have been infected with the novel coronavirus and whose outbreak in the city of Wuhan in late 2019 the party-state of China initially concealed from its own people as well as the rest of the world has now surpassed 100 million.

Meanwhile Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, has told a virtual press conference on Jan 25 that “for the foreseeable future, the coverage of vaccines will not reach a point where it will stop transmission. So we’re likely to have continued transmission”.

In India, the health ministry has said that over 20 lakh healthcare workers across the country had received Covid-19 vaccine jabs till Jan 26 evening.

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The latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 12,609 new Covid-19 cases and 137 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Jan 27 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 10,689,527 cases and 153,724 deaths. Both the daily numbers were higher than those reported the day before.

A total of 10,359,305, or 96.91%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 176,498, or 1.65% 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 12,609, was less than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 13,320, leading to a marginal decrease in the number of active cases by 768.

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 6,293, followed successively by the country’s worst-hit state with the second highest number of active cases Maharashtra (2,405), second-worst hit state Karnataka (529), fifth worst-hit state Tamil Nadu (523), Gujarat (380), Chattisgarh (321), seventh-worst hit state Uttar Pradesh (301), eighth worst-hit state West Bengal (295), Madhya Pradesh (228), … Himachal Pradesh (12), and so on.

The 137 daily new deaths included 47 from Maharashtra; 19 from Kerala; 14 from Chattisgarh; 11 from Punjab, 9 from West Bengal; 8 from Uttar Pradesh, 7 from Delhi, and 5 from Tamil Nadu. 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.

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The cumulative total of Covid-19 cases among Tibetans in India, Nepal and Bhutan has remained unchanged for the fourth 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 Tibet.net website as of Jan 27.

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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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