New Delhi: The tally for the total number of vaccines administered in India crossed over 50-million mark on March 24. A total of 5,08,41,286 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far till Wednesday, with 23,46,692 doses given in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The number of recipients who have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine stood at 4,27,31,952 people. Out of these, about 21,00,799 beneficiaries received their first jab in the last 24 hours. As many as 81,09,334 people have received their second dose of vaccine against Coronavirus infection. The data shows that 2,45,893 beneficiaries received their second dose in the last 24 hours.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as many as 10,25,628 samples were tested on Wednesday. A total of 23,64,38,861 samples had been tested up to March 23.
Among states, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are reporting a surge in daily COVID-19 cases and together they account for 80.5 per cent of the total new cases registered in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday.
Rajsthan has inoculated 47,52,984 people so far, followed by Maharashtra with 47,43,837 people vaccinated. Next comes Uttar Pradesh (46,53,705 doses), Gujarat (41,86,828 doses) and West Bengal (41,25,209 doses).
India reported 47,262 new COVID-19 cases, 23,907 recoveries and 275 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday.
With this, the total cases in the country mounted to 1,17,34,058 including 3,68,457 active cases and 1,12,05,160 recoveries. The death toll has gone up to 1,60,441. With 2,31,942 active coronavirus cases, Maharashtra continues to remain the most affected state. In Maharashtra, 22,47,495 recovered from the disease while 53,589 people died so far.
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.