Hyderabad: The Telangana government has announced that on 16 January, the first day of the COVID-19 vaccination, around 13,900 people will get vaccinated across 139 centres in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced on Saturday that the coronavirus vaccination drive will begin on 16 January. The state government said that the state is fully prepared for the vaccination drive.

"Dry runs have already been successfully conducted in the state. On 16 January, Telangana people will get vaccinated in 139 centres. There are at least two to three centres in each district. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has set up more centres under its purview," said Eatala Rajendra, the state health minister.

He also said that he will take the first shot to instill confidence among the people.

So far, 2,90,000 health care workers working in private and public sectors have registered for the vaccine in the state. Also, the Prime Minister will interact with two vaccine centres in the state on 16 January.

Meanwhile, Telangana reported 351 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday taking the overall tally to 2,89,784 in the state. Two new deaths were reported on 9 January, taking the total tally to 1,565. The fatality rate in the state stands at 0.53 per cent which is less than the national average of 1.4 per cent.

The GHMC area reported 65 new cases while Rangareddy reported 30 new cases. The districts of Telangana are seeing an increase in the number of cases. Medchal Malkajgiri reported 28 new cases while Karimnagar reported 16 new cases.

Around 415 people recovered from the infection on Saturday taking the total recoveries in the state to 2,83,463. The recovery rate, according to the government, now stands at 97.81 per cent, which is approximately one per cent higher than the national average of 96.4 per cent.

On Saturday, the state government tested 37,451 people for the virus. So far, 72,53,236 samples have been tested in Telangana. Samples tested per million population stands at 1,94,874.

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