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Hospital worker dies day after Covid-19 vaccine shot

New Delhi – A hospital worker in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh died 24 hours after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine shot, officials said Monday.

However, the health officials say the death appears to be unrelated to vaccination.

As per available details, the 46-year-old hospital ward boy Mahipal Singh died after complaining of chest congestion and breathlessness on Sunday evening.

The incident took place in Moradabad district.

“He was vaccinated on Saturday around noon. On Sunday he felt breathless and complained of chest congestion,” M C Garg, chief medical officer of Moradabad said. “According to the post-mortem report of the deceased, the cause of death was a cardiogenic shock. His heart size had enlarged and weighed around 500 grams, against a normal person’s heart of 200 grams.”

Singh’s family had told media he was unwell before the vaccination.

“My father left the vaccination center around 1.30pm (local time), I brought him home. He was feeling breathless and he was coughing. He had a bit of pneumonia, the usual cough and cold, but he started feeling worse after returning home,” Mahipal Singh’s son Vishal was quoted in the local media as having said.

On Sunday, India’s federal health ministry said 447 cases of Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI) following Covid-19 vaccination have been reported over the past two days and out of them, three required hospitalizations.

“Of these, one has been discharged from Northern Railway Hospital Delhi within 24 hours, one has been discharged from AIIMS Delhi, and one is under observation in AIIMS Rishikesh and is being monitored,” the ministry said in a statement.

Most of the AEFIs reported so far are minor like fever, headache, nausea, etc.

Covid19 vaccination started in Indian on Saturday and a total of 224,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated, out of whom 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated on Sunday.

India’s Covid-19 tally rose to 10,571,773 on Monday even as 13,788 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, according to the latest data from the federal health ministry.

According to the official data, the death toll mounted to 152,419 as 145 Covid-19 patients died since Sunday morning.

There are still 208,012 active cases in the country, while 10,211,342 people have been discharged so far from hospitals after medical treatment. – Xinhua

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