India reported 24,882 new COVID 19 cases in the past 24 hours, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday (March 13). The ministry added that 19,957 people recovered and 140 people died from the virus in the same period.
With this, the tally of total cases in the country has increased to 1,13,33,728 since the start of the pandemic. Out of this, 1,09,73,260 people have recovered while 1,58,189 people succumbed to the virus. A total of 22,58,39,273 samples have been tested since the start of the pandemic with 8,40,635 samples being tested on March 12 alone.
The current active tally of COVID-19 cases stands at 2,02,022. India has witnessed a sudden rise in cases after reporting low figures in the past months. India is currently the second most affected country behind the United States of America, which has reported 29,993,423 cases and 545,544 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the vaccination drive in the country is going at full speed with over 20,53,537 vaccinations completed (9,2 lakh vaccinations on March 9) since January 16 according to Union Minister of Health Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
The drive was started on January 16, 2021, after the government granted Oxford’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin emergency use authorisation.
Currently, Maharashtra remains the worst affected states in the country with 15,817 new COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the total number of active cases stands at 1,10,485 while the death toll stands at 52,723.
India’s total Active Caseload has reached 1,97,237 on Friday (March 12), while the country’s present active caseload now stands at 1.74 per cent of India’s total positive cases. The data shows that out of the eight states which have been posting high COVID-19 cases daily, five states out of these cumulatively account for 82.96 per cent of the total active cases in the country.
Recently, the Centre rushed high-level Public Health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab to assist in COVID-19 control and containment measures in view of the recent spike in cases in these States. The Government had previously deputed high-level teams to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Jammu and Kashmir to support them in their fight against the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. The reports collected and made by the Central Teams are being shared with the States for further follow-up action.
According to ministry data, more than 2.61 cr (2,61,64,920) vaccine doses have been administered through 4,87,919 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am on Friday (March 12). These include 72,23,071 HCWs (1st dose), 40,56,285 HCWs (2nd dose), 71,21,124 FLWs (1st dose) and 6,72,794 FLWs (2nd Dose), 10,30,612 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 60,61,034 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years.