The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 1.90 crore with 10,34,672 vaccine jabs being given till Friday evening, the Union Health Ministry said. The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated and vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) starting from February 2.
The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people above 60 years and those aged 45 and above with specified comorbid conditions. “Total 10,34,672 vaccine doses were given till 7 pm on Friday, the forty-ninth day of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive. Out of which, 8,25,537 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose and 2,09,135 HCWs and FLWs received the second dose of vaccine as per the provisional report,” the ministry said, adding that final reports would be completed for the day by late night.
A total of 8,25,537 beneficiaries include 5,00,942 people aged over 60 years and 77,325 individuals aged between 45-60 with specified comorbidities. A total of 1,90,40,175 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till Friday 7 pm. These include 68,96,529 HCWs who have taken the first dose and 32,94,612 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 62,94,755 FLWs (first dose), 1,23,191 FLWs (second dose), 21,17,862 beneficiaries over 60- years-old and 3,13,226 individuals aged 45 and above with specific comorbidities.
Nearly 14 lakh people were inoculated against COVID-19 on March 4, the highest in a day so far, taking the total number of vaccine doses administered in the country to over 1.8 crore, official sources said on Friday. Among the healthcare workers, 68,53,083 have been administered the first dose and 31,41,371 the second dose till now. As for frontline workers, 60,90,931 have received the first and 67,297 the second dose, according to Union Health Ministry data.
From March 1, as many as 2,35,901 beneficiaries more than 45 years old with specific comorbidities and 16,16,920 people aged more than 60 years have received anti-coronavirus vaccine dose, it stated. On Thursday, day 48 of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive, 13,88,170 people were inoculated. This was the highest number of vaccination recorded in a day so far, an official said.
So far, 16,09,343 people have been vaccihnated in Rajasthan, followed by 15,92,712 in Uttar Pradesh, 14,71,450 in Maharashtra, 14,21,761 in Gujarat and 13,76,553 in West Bengal. According to the health ministry data, six sates — Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi — have reported high daily new cases in a span of 24 hours. It underlined that 84.44 per cent of the 16,838 new cases reported in the country in a day are from these six states. Maharashtra continued to report the highest daily new cases at 8,998, followed by Kerala with 2,616 and Punjab 1,071 fresh instances of the viral infection.
Eight states are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases, the ministry highlighted. India’s total active caseload stands at 1.76 lakh which comprise 1.58 per cent of India total infections.
While Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have shown a reduction in active cases in a span of 24 hours, Maharashtra, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and Gujarat display an upward trajectory during the same time period, the health ministry said. It saidKerala, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu were the top five states showing a decline in active cases in the last one month, while Maharashtra, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi were the top five with an uptick in active cases.
Twenty states and Union Territories have less than 1,000 active cases with Arunachal Pradesh reporting just two active cases. The Cumulative Positivity Rate of the country showed a steady decline and stood at 5.08 per cent. Eight states displayed a weekly positivity rate higher than the national average of 2.09 per cent. Among them, Maharashtra stands out with a weekly positivity rate of 10.38 per cent.
The ministry said that Six states accounted for 88.5 per cent of the 113 deaths reported in a day. Maharashtra saw the most 60 fatalities followed by Punjab where 15 people succumbed to the disease in a day. Kerala reported 14 deaths during the same period. Eighteen states and Union Territories have not reported any COVID-19 death in a day. These are the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand.