India’s COVID vaccination coverage crosses 7.3 crore doses

at 3:22 pm

New Delhi (NVI): In its fight against COVID-19, India today surpassed a significant milestone as the cumulative number of vaccine doses administered in the country crossed the 7.3 crore mark, the Union Health Ministry said.

According to the provisional report till 7 am, a total of 7,30,54,295 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered.

“Cumulatively, 7,30,54,295 vaccine doses have been administered through 11,53,614 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. These include 89,32,642 HCWs (1st dose), 52,96,666 HCWs (2nd dose), 95,71,610 FLWs (1st dose) and 39,92,094 FLWs (2nd Dose) and4,45,77,337 (1st Dose) and 6,83,946 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged more than 45 years,” the ministry said.

The cumulative vaccination figure includes over 6 crore (6,30,81,589) first doses, while the second dose numbers are also nearing the 1 crore mark (99,72,706).

The ministry said that as on Day-77 of the vaccination drive (2nd April, 2021), 30,93,795 vaccine doses were given. Out of which, 28,87,779 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 35,624 sessions for 1st dose and 2,06,016 beneficiaries received 2nd dose of vaccine.

Meanwhile, the total active caseload has reached 6,58,909. It now comprises 5.32% of the country’s total positive cases.

“A net incline of 44,213 cases have been recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours,” the ministry said.

According to the ministry, eight states including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh have shown a steep rise in the COVID daily new cases. 81.42% of the new cases are reported from these eight states.

89,129 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours out of which Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 47,913 followed by 4,991 in Karnataka while Chhattisgarh has reported 4,174 new cases.

“Maharashtra has shown a nine-fold jump, the maximum increase in the number of active cases during Feb3 ,2021 – April 3, 2021. In percentage terms, Punjab has reported the maximum increase in active cases,” the ministry noted.

“Five states including, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Punjab cumulatively account for 77.3% of the total active cases in the country. Maharashtra alone accounts for nearly 60% (59.36%) of the total active caseload of the country,” the ministry further added.

Meanwhile, the national recovery rate has surged to 93.36% with 44,202 recoveries registered in the last 24 hours. India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 1,15,69,241 today.

A total of 714 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours with six states account for 85.85% of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (481).

Yesterday, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired a high-level review meeting with Chief Secretaries, DG Police and Health Secretaries of all States and UTs, with focus on 11 States and UTs that have been reporting very high rise in daily cases and daily mortality because of COVID-19 in the last two weeks.