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    India reports 15,158 fresh coronavirus cases, 175 deaths; tally over 1.05 Cr


    New Delhi, January 16: India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,05,42,841 with 15,158 people testing positive for the infection in a day, while the recoveries have surged to 1,01,79,715 , according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. The country's deaths increased to 1,52,093 with 175 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.  

    The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,01,79,715 pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.56 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.44 per cent. The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh.

    Meanwhile, one of the world's biggest coronavirus vaccine programmes will begin in India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the vaccination drive at 10.30 am on Saturday.

    The vaccination programme, aimed at inoculating 3 crore health and other frontline workers first, will use shots manufactured in India - one developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, the other by Bharat Biotech with the country's top clinical research body.

    Health workers, people over 50 and those deemed at high-risk are prioritised to receive one of the two approved vaccines. On day one around 3,00,000 people will receive the first of two doses.

    Authorities say they are drawing on their experience with elections and child immunisation programmes for polio and tuberculosis in rolling out the vaccine.

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