New Delhi: More than 83 million doses have been administered in India so far. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 8,31,10,926 doses have been given to Indian beneficiaries. Out of these 43,00,966 beneficiaries received their jabs in the last 24 hours. The Center began its vaccination programme on January 16, 2021.
The government data shows that 7,22,77,309 people have so far received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines out of these 39,00,505 people were inoculated in the last 24 hours. The number of people who received their second dose reached 1,08,33,617 beneficiaries, while out of these 4,00,461 people were inoculated in the last 24 hours.
Across India, Maharashtra stood at the top of the leaderboard with 81,27,248 doses administered, while Gujarat follows with 76,89,507 doses given. Other states include Rajasthan with 72,99,305 doses and Uttar Pradesh with 71,98,372 doses administered.
India reported a slight dip in daily cases on Tuesday with 96,982 new COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours. As per the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of people who have recovered and have been discharged reached 50,143 patients on Tuesday. The upsurge in daily new cases has pushed the total number of cases in the country to 1,26,86,049 while the total number of recoveries now has reached 1,17,32,279 cases till Tuesday.
The dip comes after the huge one-day spike with 1,03,558 new COVID-19 cases on April 5.
Fivefold strategy to help curb COVID-19 cases
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (April 4) issued several directives in the high-level meeting with the top bureaucrats amid rising COVID cases across the country. In the meeting, he mentioned that the five-fold strategy of Testing, Tracing, Treatment, Covid-appropriate behaviour, and Vaccination needed to be implemented seriously to curb the pandemic.
SBI research report titled ‘The second wave of infections: The beginning of the end‘ by Chief Economic Advisor Soumya Kanti Ghosh, predicts that the second wave of infections will last for 100 days starting from Feb 15. He assessed that the pan-India total cases in the second wave expected in the order of 25 lakhs (based on trends in data till Mar 23).