New Delhi (NVI): Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka continue to report an upsurge in daily new coronavirus cases, accounting for 85.51 per cent of new infections in the country, Union Health Ministry said today.
As many as 17,407 COVID-19 fresh cases have been registered in the last 24 hours across the country.
Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 9,855, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
It added that, “This is the highest number recorded in Maharashtra since 18th October when 10,259 new cases were reported, followed by Kerala with 2,765 while Punjab reported 772 new cases”
Meanwhile, more than 1.66 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to beneficiaries in India.
“As many as 1,66,16,048 vaccine doses have been administered through 3,23,064 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today,” the ministry said, adding that, these include 67,90,808 HCWs (1st dose), 28,72,725 HCWs (2nd dose), 58,03,856 FLWs (1st dose) and 4,202 FLWs (2nd Dose).”
Likewise, 1,43,759 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 10,00,698 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years.
The ministry also said that as on Day-47 of the vaccination drive yesterday, nearly 10 lakh (9,94,452) vaccine doses were given. Of these, 8,31,590 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 10,849 sessions for first dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 1,62,862 HCWs and FLWs received second dose of vaccine.
Furthermore, the country’s total active COVID-19 cases has reached 1,73,413. The present active caseload now stands at 1.55 per cent of total positive cases, the ministry said.
It added that Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Assam show a reduction in the active cases in the last 24 hours. On the other hand, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat display a rise in the active cases during the same time period.
Apart from that, 89 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours and total count claimed to 1,57,435.
A total of six States account for 88.76 per cent of the new fatalities. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (42), followed by Kerala with 15 deaths and Punjab reported 12 deaths.
In the past 24 hours, 23 States and UTs have not reported any COVID-19 deaths, the statement said.
These are Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Assam, Lakshadweep, Nagaland, Sikkim, Ladakh, Tripura, A&N Islands, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Daman & Diu & D&N Haveli and Arunachal Pradesh, it added.