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India has reported a total of 18,645 fresh coronavirus cases in last 24 hours, taking the total covid tally to 1,04,50,284, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Sunday. The recoveries have surged to 1,00,75,950, he death toll reached 1,50,999 with 201 more people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The number of people who have recuperated from the infection so far surged to 1,00,75,950, pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.42 per cent, while the case fatality rate dropped to 1.44 per cent.

The COVID-19 active caseload remained below three lakh for the 20th consecutive day.

There are 2,23,335 active coronavirus infections in the country which comprise 2.14 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

Covid-19 tally in India

Total cases: 1,04,50,284

Active cases: 2,23,335

Total discharges: 1,00,75,950

Death toll: 1,50,999

The COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country will start from January 16 and priority will be given to nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers. The decision was taken at a meeting today in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the status of COVID-19 in the country and the preparedness of states and union territories for vaccination against the disease.

"On 16th January, India takes a landmark step forward in fighting #COVID19. Starting that day, India’s nation-wide vaccination drive begins" Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on social media platform Twitter.

India has recently granted emergency authorisation to two coronavirus vaccines — Covishield by Serum Institute of India and Covaxin by Bharat Biotech.

The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 90,045,249. While 64,445,630 have recovered, 1,933,467 have lost their lives. Meanwhile, the US continues to be the worst-hit country with 22,690,426 cases.

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