India records 15,968 new Covid cases, tally nears 10.5 mn

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New Delhi (NVI): India registered 15,968 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 10,495,147, according to Union Health Ministry data.

The country’s death toll has gone up to 1,51,529 with 202 fatalities registered during this period.

Meanwhile, more than 10.1 million people have recovered from the virus and the total recoveries currently stands at 10,129,111 while active Covid-19 cases have dropped further to 2.1 lakh mark and stands at 2,14,507.

The country continues to be second-most-affected globally, and ranks 13th among worst-wit nations by active cases.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (19,74,488), Karnataka (9,28,806), Andhra Pradesh (8,85,234), Tamil Nadu (8,27,614), Kerala (8,19,765).

Notably, a mega immunisation drive against Covid-19 has kicked off with nine flights transporting over 5.6 million doses of the vaccine to 13 cities across the country on Tuesday.

Kerala will get the first consignment of over 400,000 coronavirus vaccines today.