Since the start of the COVID-19 vaccination drive in India from January 2021, over 3 crore people in the country have been vaccinated so far, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Tuesday (March 16).
The drive was started on January 16, 2021, after the government granted Oxford’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin emergency use authorisation, 3,29,47,432 people have received the vaccine jab.
India reported 24,492 new COVID 19 cases in the past 24 hours, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.
The ministry added that 20,191 people recovered and 131 people died from the virus in the same period.
A total of 22,82,80,763 samples were tested till March 15, 2021, since the start of the pandemic with 8,73,350 samples being tested on March 15 alone.
With this, the total number of cases has risen to 1,14,09,831 while total recoveries stand at 1,10,27,543. India has reported 1,58,856 deaths till now while the active caseload currently is 2,23,432. 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 30,138,586 cases and 548,013 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
77 per cent of the new case are being reported from the states of Maharashtra, Kerala, and Punjab. Owing to the recent surge the Maharashtra government has introduced lockdown measures in several areas across the state.
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.