India reports 19,078 fresh COVID-19 cases, and 224 deaths in the last 24 hours: Union Health Ministry

Worker during the COVID-19 pandemic. ||Representational Image: AP
Worker during the COVID-19 pandemic. ||Representational Image: AP

New Delhi: Amid the fear of a new strain of Coronavirus, India registered 19,078 fresh cases of coronavirus which pushed the total tally to 1,03,05,788 in the nation. The active cases now stand at 2,50,183. With 22,926 new recoveries, as far as 99,06,387 patients recovered, and with 224 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the death toll has risen to 1,49,218.

As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 8,29,964 samples were tested yesterday and as far as 17,39, 41,658 samples have been tested till January 1.

As per Union Health and Welfare Ministry, the infection (Active) rate is 2.47 percent, the recovery rate has reached 96.08 percent and the death rate is 1.45 percent.

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Friday held a review meeting with the Delhi government for the preparation of the dry run of the COVID19 vaccination drive on January 2, via video conferencing.

As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, a dry run for #COVID19 vaccine administration to be conducted in all States/Union Territories today in 116 districts across 259 sites.

According to news agency ANI, the Subject Expert Committee of Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has recommended granting permission for Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) with certain conditions to COVID-19 vaccine being manufactured by Serum Institute of India.

In a virtual review meeting with Delhi government officials on Friday, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “Let us attempt to implement it as a real exercise with attention to the minutest detail. Proper coordination will go a long way in building mutual understanding,” quoted The Indian Express.