India continues to add new leaflets to the chronicles of its world’s largest and fastest COVID-19 Vaccination drive. The country has achieved the landmark of administering over 10 crore vaccine doses in a record time of 85 days surpassing the vaccination rate of all other countries in the world including that of the USA and China. With administration of over 35 lakh doses in the last 24 hours, the nation today stands at a cumulative figure of administering nearly 10 crore 16 lakh COVID-19 Vaccine doses. The numbers are set to soar higher with the pan-India special vaccination drive kick-starting from today in the form of ‘Teeka Utsav’.
The nation commenced the largest vaccination drive in the world on 16th January this year with vaccination of healthcare workers. Vaccination of front line workers began from 2nd February whereas from 1st of March vaccination of everyone aged above 60 years and above 45 years with specified co-morbidities was undertaken. Widening the scope of Vaccination, from 1st of this month, under the current phase everyone above the age of 45 is being vaccinated. The Health Ministry has informed that in a short span of time nearly 7 crore people above 45 years have already been administered the first shot of the COVID-19 Vaccine whereas in the same age group over 24 lakh people have been fully vaccinated after receiving their second dose of vaccination as well.
The Health Ministry has informed that the COVID-19 recovery rate in the country today witnessed a slight decline and stood at 90.44 per cent. It said, in the last 24 hours, over 90 thousand people were discharged after recovery. Till now, over 1 crore 20 lakh people have recovered from the COVID-19 infection in the country.
In the last 24 hours, 1 lakh 52 thousand 879 new cases were reported. Ten States including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala have shown a steep rise in the daily new cases. Over 80 per cent of the new cases are reported from these 10 states.The number of active cases in the country today stands at the figure of around 11 lakh 8 thousand, comprising around 8.29 per cent of the total reported cases. The Health Ministry informed that 839 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours due to COVID-19 taking the cumulative toll to 1 lakh 69 thousand 275.
With a special focus on the 5-point principle of ‘Test, Track, Treat, Isolate & Vaccinate’, the number of cumulative COVID-19 testing reported by Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR has surpassed the figure of 25 crore 66 lakh. The apex medical research body has informed that in the past 24 hours alone more than 14 lakh 12 thousand samples were tested in the country.
As of today, two thousand 450 laboratories are engaged in the work of testing COVID samples across the country which include one thousand 230 government and one thousand 220 private labs.