India records 1,84,372 nCoV cases in 24 hrs; Vaccinations cross 11 cr doses

New Delhi, Apr 14 (FN Agency) India continues to register its highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases with 1,84,372 people testing positive in the last 24 hours, shooting the overall infection tally to 13,873,825, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said in its Wednesday update. The death toll from the deadly infection mounted to 172,115 after 1,027 fatalities since Tuesday. Meanwhile, 82,339 people were discharged from the hospitals, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,23,36,036. The current tally of active cases is 13,65,704. These figures make India the second worst-hit nation in terms of total Covid-19 cases and the third-worst hit country in terms of active cases.
On the vaccination front, more than 10 crore doses have been administered since January 16 as the government is looking forward to inviting foreign companies like Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson to India to bridge its widening vaccine deficiency. The plan is to increase the pace of vaccination with a bigger pool of vaccines. “We hope and we invite the vaccine makers such as Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and others…to be ready to come to India as early as possible,” said VK Paul, chairman of the National Expert Committee on Vaccine Administration. Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, PM Narendra Modi will interact today with Governors, LGs regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 11 crore on Wednesday on the fourth day of the ‘Tika Utsav’, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said here. Cumulatively, 11,11,79,578 vaccine doses have been administered through 16,53,488 sessions, as per the provisional report till 0700 hrs this morning, the Ministry said. The cumulative vaccination beneficiaries include 90,48,686 Health Care Workers (HCWs) who have taken the 1st dose and 55,81,072 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 1,01,36,430 Front Line Workers (FLWs) (1st dose), 50,10,773 FLWs (2nd dose), 4,24,66,354 1st dose beneficiaries and 24,67,484 2nd dose beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 3,56,50,444 (1st dose) and 8,18,335 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged 45 to 60 years.
Eight states account for 60.16 per cent of the total doses given so far in the country, the Ministry said. ‘Over 26 lakh vaccination doses were administered in the last 24 hours,’ the Ministry said. As on Day-88 of the vaccination drive (April 13), 26,46,528 vaccine doses were given. Out of which, 22,58,910 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 44,643 sessions for 1st dose and 3,87,618 beneficiaries received 2nd dose of vaccine. In the country’s bid to flush out COVID cases, another milestone has been reached today. The country has crossed 26 crore tests. The exact figure stands at 26,06,18,866. The tests conducted in the last 24 hours stand at 14,11,758. The testing capacity has been ramped up to 15 lakh tests per day, the Ministry further said.