India’s total vaccination coverage nears three crore mark

India has inched closer to touch the significant milestone of administering 3 crore COVID-19 Vaccine doses. With over 15 lakh 19 thousand doses administered yesterday, the cumulative vaccination figure has surpassed the mark of 2 crore 97 lakh doses. India is one of the fastest countries in the world to achieve these figures in a short span of time.
 
The nation commenced the largest vaccination drive in the world on 16th January this year with vaccination of healthcare workers. Vaccination of front line workers began from 2nd February whereas the most recent phase began from 1st of this month encompassing vaccination of everyone aged above 60 years and above 45 years with specified co-morbidities. Health Ministry has informed that in just 13 days of the current phase over 78 lakh senior citizens above 60 years and nearly 13 lakh 86 thousand people above 45 years with co-morbidities have been administered the first shot of the COVID-19 Vaccine.
 
The Health Ministry has informed that the COVID-19 recovery rate in the country today stands at  96.75 per cent. It said, in the last 24 hours, 16 thousand 637 people were discharged after recovery. Till now, over 1 crore 9 lakh 89 thousand people have recovered from the COVID-19 infection. In the last 24 hours, 25 thousand 320 new cases were reported. The number of active cases in the country stands at nearly 2 lakh 10 thousand comprising around 1.85 per cent of the total reported cases.
 
The Health Ministry has informed that 158 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours due to COVID-19 taking the cumulative toll to 1 lakh 58 thousand 604. Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR has informed that over 8 lakh 64 thousand samples were tested for COVID-19 in the country yesterday. With this the cumulative testing figure has crossed the mark of 22 crore 67 lakh. As of today, two thousand 412 laboratories are engaged in the work of testing COVID samples across the country which includes one thousand 225 government and one thousand 187 private labs. 

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