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Over 88% Indians know at least one Covid infected person: Survey

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 With over nine million coronavirus cases in India, 88 per cent citizens now have one or more contacts in their social network who have had the viral disease, a survey revealed on Wednesday.

India’s caseload went past 92 lakh with 44,376 new cases reported in a day, while the number of recoveries surged to 86.42 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

To understand the extent of spread bottoms up, LocalCircles conducted a survey which received more than 9,000 responses from citizens across 208 districts of India.

Of this, 66 per cent respondents were men while 34 per cent respondents were women. It received 58 per cent responses from tier 1, 23 per cent from tier 2, and 18 per cent were from tier 3, 4 and rural districts.

The survey asked, “How has Covid-19 impacted your social network (family, extended family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, business associates, etc.), including yourself in the last 8 months?” responses from 9,171 citizens were received.

Of which, 28 per cent said they know 5-10 individuals, 26 per cent said they know 1-4 individuals, 19 per cent said they know more than 20 individuals, 13 per cent said they know 11-20 individuals in their network who have had Covid-19.

Notably, 88 per cent citizens now have one or more contacts in their social network who have had Covid-19. In a similar survey published in September, the percentage stood at 77 per cent, and 31 per cent and seven per cent in July and May respective surveys.

The comparative results per these surveys indicate that in seven months there has been over 12 times jump in the number of people with Covid-19 cases in their social network.

After comparing the latest results of November with a similar survey published in September, there has been a 29 per cent rise in the number of citizens reporting five or more individuals in their social network who have had Covid-19.

With 88 per cent citizens saying that they have one or more individuals in their network, it confirms that Covid-19 continues to penetrate social networks of people at a fast pace.

LocalCircles also observed an increase in citizen posts suggesting that Covid-19 cases are continuing to increase, but many people are refraining from reporting their symptoms and getting tested.

Many instances were also reported where after one person at home tested positive, the reluctance to isolate or get admitted due to the festival season and then eventually leading to the entire family getting infected.

In such cases while only one person added to the official Covid-19 case count, 4-6 individuals actually had Covid and could have spread it even further, LocalCircles further said.

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447 cases of adverse effect reported,Covid-19 vaccine given to 2,24,301 beneficiaries :Govt.

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A total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine so far, out of which only 447 adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) were reported, the Union Health Ministry said on day two of the nationwide vaccination drive on Sunday.

Addressing a press briefing, the ministry’s Additional Secretary Manohar Agnani said out of the 447 adverse events following immunisation, only three required hospitalisation.

“Today being Sunday, only six states conducted vaccination drive and in 553 sessions a total of 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated,” he said.

The six states where the vaccination drive was carried out on Sunday are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur and Tamil Nadu, he added.

Agnani said a total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till January 17 as per provisional reports, adding that 2,07,229 of them received the jabs on day one of the drive.

“A total of 447 AEFI have been reported on January 16 and 17, out of which only three required hospitalisation. Most of the AEFI reported so far are minor like fever, headache, nausea,” he said.

He said a meeting was held with all states and union territories on Sunday to review the progress of the drive, identify bottlenecks and plan corrective actions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out the world’s largest inoculation drive against COVID-19 on Saturday and said the two vaccines being deployed will ensure a “decisive victory” for India against the pandemic.

India has approved two vaccines—Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and Covishield from the Oxford/AstraZeneca stable being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India—for emergency use in the country.

According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers and around two coror frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities. PTI

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