Six States – Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, and Tamil Nadu – are reporting a surge in daily new cases. They together account for 80.90% of the new cases (40,715) reported in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 24,645 (60.53%). It is followed by Punjab with 2,299 and Gujarat with 1,640 new cases, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said.
The country’s total active caseload is rising after touching its lowest mark in mid-February. It stands at 3.45 lakh (3,45,377) today. A net incline of 10,731 cases recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours. Three states, Maharashtra, Kerala, and Punjab, account for 75.15% of total active cases in the country. Maharashtra alone accounts for 62.71% of the total active cases in the country, it added.
Over 4.8 crore (4,84,94,594) vaccine doses have been administered through 7,84,612 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. The first dose administration has crossed the 4 crore mark today (4,06,31,153). These include 78,59,579 HCWs (first dose), 49,59,964 HCWs (second dose), 82,42,127 FLWs (first dose) and 29,03,477 FLWs (second dose), 42,98,310 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (first dose) and more than 2 crore ( 2,02,31,137) beneficiaries aged more than 60 years.
As of day-66 of the vaccination drive (March 22, 2021), more than 32 lakh (32,53,095) vaccine doses were given. Out of which, 29,03,030 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 48,345 sessions for the first dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 3,50,065 HCWs and FLWs received the second dose of vaccine.
India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 1,11,81,253 today. The national recovery rate is 95.67%, and 29,785 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours, besides 199 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
Six States account for 80.4% of the daily deaths. Maharashtra and Punjab each reported 58 casualties. Kerala and Chhattisgarh follow with 12 deaths each.