India administers over 2 mn COVID-19 vaccine doses in single day

at 12:49 pm
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New Delhi (NVI): More than 2 million coronavirus vaccine doses were administered across India in the last 24 hours, a significant achievement in country-wide vaccination drive, the Union Health Ministry said.

“As on March 8, day 52 of the COVID-19 vaccination drive 20,19,723 vaccine doses were given,” according to an official statement.

Out of which, 17,15,380 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 28,884 sessions for 1st dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 3,04,343 HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine.

Meanwhile, more than 2.3 crore (2,30,08,733) vaccine doses have been administered through 4,05,517 sessions so far across the country, as per the provisional report till 7 am, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

“These include 70,75,010 HCWs (1st dose), 37,39,478HCWs (2nd dose), 67,92,319FLWs (1st dose) and 3,25,972 FLWs (2nd Dose), 7,01,809 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 43,74,145 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years,” it added.

Apart from this, Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka continue to report a surge in the COVID-19 daily new cases, the ministry noted.

They cumulatively account for 84.04 per cent of 15,388 fresh cases reported in the past 24 hours.

“Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 8,744, followed by Kerala with 1,412 while Punjab reported 1,229 new cases,” it said.

The country’s active COVID-19 cases has reached 1,87,462. The present active caseload now stands at 1.67 per cent of total positive cases, the statement further said.

In the last 24 hours, fours states namely Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura did not report any new COVID-19 cases. On the other hand, 3 states— Maharashtra, Punjab and Kerala reported over 1,000 new cases, it added.