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India reports 163 COVID-19 deaths, 14,545 new cases

NEW DELHI, Jan 22 (KUNA) -- Indian health authorities said on Friday that 163 people died due to COVID-19 as 14,545 fresh positive cases were reported from across the country in a span of 24 hours.
The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that fatalities due to COVID-19 mounted to 153,032 as the total number of cases surged to 10,625,428.
The Indian health ministry said that 10,283,708 people recovered from the pandemic as it spread to 35 Indian states.
India which is the second largest country most affected by the pandemic after the US has embarked on a massive vaccination drive against COVID-19.
Meanwhile, five people were killed following a fire that broke out near the biggest Indian facility to produce the vaccine against COVID-19 named "Covishield" in Pune city of western Indian state of Maharashtra.
The Serum Institute of India is considered to be world's largest producer of Covishield jointly developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.
The authorities said the fire has not affected the production of vaccine at the institute as the nation is on a massive task to vaccinate more than 130 billion of its population. (end) atk.gta