New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a significant development, the Union Health Ministry has said that the breakthrough rate of contracting the COVID-19 after taking the two vaccines being administered in India is very low. The Union Health Ministry's data showed that 24 per 10,000 breakthrough infections were reported after taking the two Made in India vaccines -- SII's Covishield and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. "Two-four per 10,000 breakthrough infections has occurred after vaccination, which is a very small number," ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava said.

Citing data, he said 4,208 people have tested positive for the coronavirus disease after taking the first dose of the Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, which is 0.04 per cent of the 9,356,436 total beneficiaries inoculated. Also, 695 people tested positive after taking the second dose of the vaccine, which is again 0.04 per cent of the 1,737,178 beneficiaries of the second jab, he said.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that 100,302,745 beneficiaries received the first dose of the Covishield vaccine and 17,145 have tested positive after that, which is 0.02 per cent. "Also, 15,732,754 people have been given the second dose of the vaccine, of whom, 5,014 have been retested positive, which is 0.03 per cent," he added.

Bhushan said India has 21.57 lakh active COVID-19 cases which is twice of the maximum number of active cases the country had last year. "Mostly every state is facing the second wave of COVID. The Centre and state governments are trying hard to curb the spread of the pandemic. The fatality rate in the country is 1.17 per cent while the recovery rate is 85 per cent," he said.

Bhushan said that there are 146 districts across the country where the positivity rate is more than 15 per cent and it is a cause of concern. "There are five states with more than 1 lakh active cases - Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Kerala".

Referring to vaccinations, he said more than 13 crore people have been vaccinated in the country so far including 30 lakh doses administered in the last 24 hours. "Around 87 per cent of health workers and 79 per cent of frontline workers have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines," he said.

He also said that the total number of beds in central government hospitals for COVID patients in Delhi has increased by four times to 2105 (1875 oxygen beds and 230 ICU beds) by Tuesday. India recorded 2,95,041 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.


(With ANI Inputs)

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