Health workers collect swab samples from corporation employees for Covid-19 tests in Kozhikode. (PTI Photo)
Coronavirus India Live updates: Kerala on Thursday recorded 21,116 fresh Covid-19 cases, pushing the total infection count to 37,46,121. The death toll also climbed to 19,246, with 197 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, according to an RTI response filed by the Covid-19 Vaccine Administration Cell of the Union Health Ministry, the data on CoWin portal, as of August 17, shows that the “total number of beneficiaries who got their first dose of Covishield Vaccine but did not get their second dose within stipulated period of time” is 3,40,72,993. Similarly, the number stands at 46,78,406 for Covaxin beneficiaries.
In other news, a UK-based study by Oxford University has found that obtaining two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines remains the most effective way to ensure protection against the Covid-19 Delta variant of concern.
On Wednesday, India recorded 36,401 new cases of coronavirus infections, as active cases came down to 3.64 lakh.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Live News Updates: India reports 36,401 new Covid-19 cases, 530 deaths; Kerala logs 21,116 new cases. Follow this space for the latest updates.
A woman gets a Covid-19 vaccine at a centre in Mumbai. (Express file photo by Amit Chakravarty)
UP government: Over 6 crore Covid vaccine shots administered
The state government on Tuesday said more than six crore Covid-19 vaccine doses had been administered in the state to date, claiming that it was the only state to have done so.
Meanwhile, India on Tuesday reported 35,178 new Covid-19 cases and 440 deaths, as per the Union Health Ministry. The health ministry said as many as 56.06 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far.
In other news, a study among healthcare workers in Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has reported that a single vaccine dose not offer any significant protection against symptomatic infections, or moderate or severe Covid-19 disease.
The study, conducted between March 1 and May 31 among 4,276 employees of the hospital by a team led by Dr Ruma Satwik, found that there was no significant difference in the incidence of symptomatic or severe infections among those who had received only one dose of the vaccine and those who were not yet vaccinated.