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Coronavirus updates: Health official in Gujarat tests COVID-19 positive after taking 2nd vaccine dose

FP Staff
·4 min read

Coronavirus LATEST updates: A health official in Gujarat has tested positive for coronavirus days after taking the second dose of the vaccine against the infection, PTI reported.

The man, a health officer in Gandhinagar's Dehgam taluka, had taken the first dose on 16 January and the second one on 15 February. He had fever and and his samples were examined, which detected the COVID-19 infection on 20 February, said Gandhinagar's Chief Health Officer Dr MH Solanki.

"He is in home isolation as his symptoms are mild. He has told me that he is fit to join work from Monday," Solanki added.

The CHO said it generally takes around 45 days for antibodies against the infection to develop after both the doses of the vaccine are administered.

Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar was administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in Delhi on Saturday.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi and appealed to all those who are eligible to get inoculated. Several other union ministers, including Amit Shah, S Jaishakar, Jitendra Singh and politicians have also received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in the second phase of the world's largest vaccination drive.

Delhi has registered a surge in COVID-19 cases as here has been a rise of over 37 percent in the number of people under home isolation and a steady increase in the count of containment zones in the last seven days.

The positivity rate also rose to 0.53 percent on 5 March from 0.36 percent on 27 February, according to official figures, which also showed that the number of containment on 5 March stood at 591 an increase of 46 from 545 on 27 February.

Delhi recorded 312 COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest number of daily incidences in nearly one-and-a-half months, while three more fatalities pushed the death toll in the city to 10,918. It was also a significant jump from 261 cases registered on Thursday.

The teams are being deployed to assist the state health departments in COVID-19 surveillance, control and containment measures.

As many as 1.94 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far, the Union health ministry said on Saturday.

Among the highest contributors of new COVID-19 cases are Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Maharashtra has reported 10,216 new cases, followed by Kerala with 2,776.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has instructed the state authorities to make it mandatory for the travellers coming from Maharashtra to carry a negative COVID-19 test report.

The number of people who have recuperated from the novel coronavirus surged to 1,08,54,128, taking the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.98 percent.

Among the highest contributors are Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Maharashtra has reported 10,216 new cases, followed by Kerala with 2,776.

Of the total 108 new COVID-19 fatalities registered on Saturday, the most number of deaths were reported in three states. Maharashtra registered the highest at 53, Kerala saw 16 deaths and Punjab reported 11.

The active caseload in the country has now reached to 1,80,304, said the Union health ministry on Saturday, comprising 1.61 percent of the total number of infections.

India's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,11,92,088 with over 18,000 fresh cases being reported in a span of 24 hours in the country after 36 days, while active cases registered an increase for the fourth consecutive day and were recorded at 1,80,304, said the Union health ministry on Saturday.

The toll reached 1,57,656 with 108 more fatalities, while a total of 18,327 new cases were registered in a day, it said.

On 29 January, 18,855 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours after which the daily rise in fresh cases remained below 18,000.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,08,54,128 which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 96.98 percent, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.41 per cent.

The COVID-19 active caseload has increased to 1,80,304 which now comprises 1.61 per cent of the total infections.

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

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

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 22,06,92,677 COVID-19 samples have been tested up to 5 March with 7,51,935 samples being tested on Friday.

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