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Quick look 41: India's Covid-19 vaccine drive; Whatsapp's status update

Siddharth Mathew Cherian | Updated on January 17, 2021

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The first Covid-19 vaccine shots in India were given on January 16 to nearly two lakh frontline healthcare and sanitary workers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out the world’s largest inoculation drive against the pandemic that has caused 1,52,093 deaths till date in India.

There were two adverse reaction cases on day 1--a nurse in West Bengal and a security guard in Delhi--which required hospitalisation after they developed allergic reaction.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday flagged off eight trains connecting different parts of the country to Kevadia in Gujarat, via video conferencing.

These trains will connect Kevadia to Varanasi, Dadar, Ahmedabad, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Rewa, Chennai and Pratapnagar.

WhatsApp announced on January 16 that it is delaying its new privacy policy to May 15.

India's Covid-19 tally of cases climbed to 1,05,57,985 with 15,144 new cases in a day, while 1,01,96,885 people have recuperated so far pushing the national recovery rate to 96.58 per cent.

There are 2,08,826 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 1.98 per cent of the total caseload.

Until next time, this is Siddharth signing off

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Published on January 17, 2021