COVID-19 update | Ladakh becomes first UT to vaccinate entire population with first dose

Guest population including hotel and other workers were too jabbed with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

(Representative image: Reuters)

(Representative image: Reuters)

Ladakh on July 11 became the first Union Territory to vaccinate its entire population with the first dose against coronavirus.

Guest population including hotel and other workers were too jabbed with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The guest population include migrant labourers, hotel workers and Nepalese citizens who stay in or visit Ladakh for livelihood purpose.

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According to the official data, a total of 89,404 people in the region were administered with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 60,936 people have received the second dose of vaccine.

Apart from Indians, a total of 6,821 Napalese citizens living in Ladakh have been vaccinated.

“We gave priority to hotel workers, most of whom are from outside Ladakh and taxi/public transport drivers as they are in the front-line of the tourism industry. Labourers and handymen come in from other states during summer, so they were treated on priority,” TOI quoted a senior district official as saying. 

Meanwhile, Ladakh reported 19 new cases of coronavirus, raising its tally to 20,186, while 35 more patients were cured of the infection. All the 19 persons who returned positive for COVID-19 are from Leh district, the health department officials said. However, no death due to COVID-19 was reported in the union territory in the past 24 hours.

So far 206 people, including 148 in Leh district and 58 in Kargil district, have succumbed to the viral disease, the officials said.

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