Since the start of the COVID-19 vaccination drive in India from January 16, 2.9 crores people in the country have been vaccinated so far, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Sunday (March 14).
The drive was started on January 16, 2021, after the government granted Oxford’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin emergency use authorisation, 2,91,92,547 people have received the vaccine jab.
India reported 25,320 new COVID 19 cases in the past 24 hours, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.
The ministry added that 16,637 people recovered and 161 people died from the virus in the same period.
With this, the tally of total cases in the country has increased to 1,13,59,048 since the start of the pandemic. Out of this, 1,09,89,897 people have recovered while 1,58,607 people succumbed to the virus. A total of 22,67,03,641 samples have been tested since the start of the pandemic with 8,64,368 samples being tested on March 13 alone.
The current active tally of COVID-19 cases stands at 2,10,544. 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.
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.
A total of 2,91,92,547 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till 7 pm on March 13.
These include 73,31,498 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 42,58,297 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 72,96,474 FLWs (1stdose), 10,53,732 FLWs (2nd dose), 78,66,241 beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 13,86,305 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities.