New Delhi (NVI): India has crossed a significant milestone in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, as the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 5 crore today.
A total of 5,08,41,286 vaccine doses have been administered through 8,23,046 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
These include 79,17,521 HCWs (1st dose), 50,20,695 HCWs (2nd dose), 83,62,065 FLWs (1st dose) and 30,88,639 FLWs (2nd Dose), 47,01,894 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 2,17,50,472 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years, it added.
“As on Day-67 of the vaccination drive (March 23), 23,46,692 vaccine doses were given.” Of the total, 21,00,799 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 2,45,893 Healthcare Workers (HCWs) and Frontline Workers (FLWs) received 2nd dose of vaccine, the statement read.
So far, eight states account for 60 per cent of the cumulative vaccine doses given.
On the other hand, five states of Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat are reporting a surge in the COVID-19 daily new cases and together these states account for 77.44 per cent of the new cases, the ministry noted.
“47,262 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours across the country,” it said. Six states cumulatively account for 81.65 per cent of the new cases reported during the same period.
Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 28,699, followed by Punjab with 2,254 while Karnataka reported 2,010 new cases.
Moreover, eight states have reported a higher weekly positivity rate than the national average (4.11 per cent).
The country’s active COVID-19 caseload stands at 3,68,457, comprising of 3.14 per cent of the positive cases. A net incline of 23,080 cases recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours.
In another significant development, India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 1,12,05,160 with 23,907 people cured and discharged in the last 24 hours. However, the national recovery rate has improved to 95.49 per cent, the statement added.