India administers over 3 mn Covid-19 vaccine doses in single day

at 12:28 pm
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New Delhi (NVI): India has recorded the highest COVID-19 vaccination coverage yesterday, with more than 3 million vaccine doses administered to beneficiaries across the country, the Union Health Ministry said.

“As on Day-59 of the vaccination drive on March 15, total 30,39,394 vaccine doses were given. Out of which, 26,27,099 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 42,919 sessions for 1st dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 4,12,295 HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine,” according to the Health Ministry statement.

In another significant development, the total COVID-19 vaccination coverage in India has crossed the 3.29 crore mark.

As many as 3,29,47,432 vaccine doses have been administered through 5,55,984 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am, the health ministry latest data shows.

“These include 74,46,983HCWs (1st dose), 44,58,616HCWs (2nd dose), 74,74,406FLWs (1st dose) and 14,09,332 FLWs (2nd Dose), 18,88,727beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 1,02,69,368 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years,” it added.

However, the vaccination coverage of beneficiaries aged over 60 years has crossed 1 crore in just 15 days.

Apart from this, five states of Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, continue to report a surge in the COVID-19 daily new cases and they account for 79.73 per cent of the 24,492 fresh cases are reported in the past 24 hours, the ministry said.

“Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 15,051, followed by Punjab with 1,818 while Kerala reported 1,054 new cases,” it said.

Around 8 states are also displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases. These states are Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka and Haryana.

Furthermore, the country’s total active COVID-19 cases has reached 2,23,432. The present active caseload now stands at 1.96 per cent of total positive cases, the statement said, adding that, “Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab cumulatively account for 76.57 per cent of total active cases.”