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Covid-19: India's 72% adults fully vaccinated; 52% in 15-18 age group jabbed with 1st dose

By Jasleen Kaur -- January 20, 2022 6:06 pm -- Updated:January 20, 2022 6:11 pm

New Delhi, January 20: The Central Government on Thursday said 72 per cent of India's adult population was fully vaccinated against coronavirus. As per the latest update, around 52 per cent of children in the 15-18 years old age group have been inoculated with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, "Till now, 52 per cent children in the 15-18 age group in the country have been vaccinated and a proportion of fully vaccinated people is 72 per cent."

Till now, 52 per cent children in the 15-18 age group in the country have been vaccinated and a proportion of fully vaccinated people is 72 per cent.

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He said the country had reported 3,17,532 new coronavirus cases and 380 deaths in the past 24 hours. With this, the active caseload of India had gone up to 19,24,051, the Health Secretary said.

As per the latest update, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Odisha, Delhi and Rajasthan are among the top 10 states in terms of active coronavirus cases. Following these observations of Covid-19 infection in these states, he said Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh are among the "states of concern".

"We have sent Central health teams to these states and are continuously reviewing the situation," he added.

As per the latest update, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Odisha, Delhi and Rajasthan are among the top 10 states in terms of active coronavirus cases.

Comparing the third surge of Covid-19 with the last surge, Bhushan said, "In the last surge of coronavirus on April 30, 2021, there were 3,86,452 new cases, 3,059 deaths, and over 31 lakh active cases reported in India."

About an alarming rise in coronavirus infection cases, the Union Health Secretary said Europe had been contributing around 38 per cent of the total positive cases across the country.

In the last surge of coronavirus on April 30, 2021, there were 3,86,452 new cases, 3,059 deaths, and over 31 lakh active cases reported in India.

"Asia is showing a sharp surge in global contribution from 7.9 per cent to approximately 18.4 per cent in four weeks, out of which Europe has been contributing around 38 per cent. A sharp surge is also seen in Covid-19 cases in India," Bhushan added.

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-PTC News

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