COVID-19: India records 12,286 infections, 91 fatalities

India ranks 3rd among nations with maximum Covid vaccination coverage
A medic inoculates the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a medical student at a government hospital in Kolkata, Wednesday. Photo: PTI

New Delhi: India's COVID-19 cases rose to 1,11,24,527 with 12,286 new infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries have surged to 1,07,98,921, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday.

The death toll increased to 1,57,248 with 91 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,07,98,921 which translates into a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.07 per cent, while the case fatality rate has dropped 1.41per cent.

The active caseload was recorded at 1,68,358 which accounts for 1.51 per cent of the total infections, the data stated.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7; 30 lakh on August 23; 40 lakh on September 5; and 50 lakh on September 16.

It went past 60 lakh on September 28; 70 lakh on October 11; 80 lakh on October 29; 90 lakh on November 20; and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 21,76,18,057 samples have been tested up to March 1, of which 7,59,283 were done on Monday.

Covid vaccine safe, those recovered from infection need not take the shot immediately

During the second phase, the COVID vaccine is being administered to those above 60 years of age besides people in the age group 45-59 having serious illnesses.

The people between 45-59 age group who are suffering from any of the 20 chronic ailments including heart disease, cancer, kidney-liver ailments, diabetes, paralytic stroke, sickle cell anaemia will have to produce a certificate from the doctor about the disease besides age proof document.

Max healthcare medical director Dr Sandeep Budhiraja has said that it has been proved that the vaccine is safe for all barring children, pregnant women and lactating mothers. Those with fever and those who recovered from COVID recently should avoid taking vaccines immediately. Those who were infected with COVID can take the vaccine after two or three months.

Budhiraja said those going for vaccination need to take any precautions. But they should not be in an inebriated state. 

He said some of those who have taken vaccines have developed fever, pain in the injection site which is natural.

Dr Budhiraja said there was no clarity in the existing guideline whether those having uncontrolled blood pressure and diabetes should take the medicine.

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