New Delhi: The number of people who have tested positive for the new U.K variant of SARS-CoV-2 in India has climbed to 96, the health ministry said on Monday.
Till Saturday, the number of such people was 90.
“The total number of persons found infected with the mutant U.K strain of COVID-19 is 96,” the ministry said.
With less than a week before India kickstarts the world’s biggest inoculation drive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual meeting with chief ministers of all states and union territories on Monday and review the preparedness for Covid-19 vaccine administration across the nation.
In India’s vaccination drive, set to start on January 16, priority will be given to about 3 crore frontline workers, followed by around 27 crore people above the age of 50 and others with co-morbidities. The country has also conducted two dry runs to understand the best way to administer vaccine shots and plug loopholes in logistics and training.