India has recorded a “significant achievement” in its countrywide Covid-19 vaccination drive which was rolled out from January 16, 2021. More than 2 million vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
As on Day-52 of the vaccination drive (March 8, 2021), 20,19,723 vaccine doses were given. Out of which, 17,15,380 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 28,884 sessions for the first dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 3,04,343HCWs and FLWs received second dose of vaccine, the Ministry said.
More than 2.3 cr (2,30,08,733) vaccine doses have been administered through 4,05,517 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today, it added.
According to MoHFW, these include 70,75,010 HCWs (first dose), 37,39,478HCWs (second dose), 67,92,319FLWs (first dose) and 3,25,972 FLWs (second dose), 7,01,809 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (first dose) and 43,74,145 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years.
Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka continue to report a surge in the Covid daily new cases. They cumulatively account for 84.04% of the new cases reported in the past 24 hours.
According to MoHFW, 15,388 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 8,744. It is followed by Kerala with 1,412 while Punjab reported 1,229 new cases.