New Delhi: More than 68 million doses have been administered, as the tally reached 6,87,89,138 doses on Friday, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed. Out of these 36,71,242 beneficiaries received their doses in the last 24 hours.
The statistics show that 5,57,83,201 people have so far received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines out of these 17,94,166 people were inoculated in the last 24 hours. The number of people who got their second dose reached 93,34,695 candidates, while out of these 2,69,377 people in the last 24 hours.
Among states, Maharashtra stood at the top of the leaderboard with 62,09,337 doses administered, while Rajasthan follows with 57,21,312 doses given. Other states include Gujarat with 57,00,174 doses and Uttar Pardesh with 53,98,684 doses administered.
India on Friday reported the biggest spike of the year 2021 with 81,466 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The country also saw 50,356 discharges and 469 deaths on April 2, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The sudden increase shot up the total number of cases in India to 1,23,03,131. While the total number of people who recovered and were discharged stood at 1,15,25,039. As per the government data, the number of active cases stood at 6,14,696 cases. Meanwhile, India’s death toll rose again and reached 1,63,396 fatalities on Friday.
The Centre on Thursday, in a bid to expand the nationwide vaccination drive, announced to operationalise both public and private sector COVID vaccination centre (CVCs) on all days of April including gazetted holidays in the month.
The Centre has written to all states and UTs on Thursday (April 1)and asked them to make necessary arrangements to provide COVID vaccination in these CVCs on all days of the month including gazetted holidays during April 2021.
Vaccination of people above 45
The Centre had already decided to start the COVID-19 vaccination of all people above 45 years of age from April 1, 2021, based on the recommendation of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration (NEGVAC).
MHA Releases new COVID-19 guidelines
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an order on March 23 with guidelines for effective control of COVID-19, which will be effective from April 1, 2021, and will remain in force till April 30, 2021. Keeping in view a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases, in some states, the guidelines provides directions to the states and UT governments to strictly enforce the Test- Track-Treat protocol in all parts of the country. They also instruct strict observance of COVID appropriate behaviour and have asked the states to scale up the vaccination drive by 70 per cent and cover all the target groups.
The main focus of the guidelines is to consolidate the substantial gains achieved in containing the spread of COVID-19, which was visible in the sustained decline in the number of active cases, continuously for about 5 months.