India reported 26,291 new COVID 19 cases in the past 24 hours, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday (March 15). The ministry added that 17,455 people recovered and 118 people died from the virus in the same period.
With this, the tally of total cases in the country has increased to 1,13,85,339 since the start of the pandemic. Out of this, 1,10,07,352 people have recovered while 1,58,725 people succumbed to the virus. A total of 22,74,07,413 samples have been tested since the start of the pandemic with 7,03,772 samples being tested on March 14 alone.
The current active tally of COVID-19 cases stands at 2,19,262. 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 30,081,657 cases and 547,234 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the vaccination drive in the country is going at full speed with almost 3 crore vaccinations completed 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.
A total of 2,99,08,038 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till 7 pm on March 14.
On March 14, Maharashtra recorded this year’s highest single-day spike of 16,620 new COVID-19 cases. While 1,963 new COVID cases were reported in Mumbai, Pune recorded 1,780.
With 752 cases in Aurangabad, 351 in Nanded, 806 in Pimpri Chinchwad, 209 in Amravati and 1,976 Nagpur, Maharashtra still remains one of the worst effected states in the country due to the novel virus.
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.