The second dose of COVID19 vaccination started on February 13 for those beneficiaries who have completed 28 days since the first dose

Vaccinating more than 94 lakhs (9.4 million) people with the COVID-19 vaccine, India has become the third topmost country globally, just after the USA and the UK.

As of February 18, till 8:00 AM, the cumulative vaccination coverage to healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) against COVID19 in the country stands at 94,22,228.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 1,99,305 sessions have been conducted till 8am today. These include 61,96,641 HCWs (1st dose), 3,69,167 HCWs (2nd dose) and 28,56,420 FLWs (1st dose).

The second dose of COVID19 vaccination started on February 13 for those beneficiaries who have completed 28 days after receipt of the 1st dose. The vaccination of the FLWs started from February 2.

As of Day-33 of the vaccination drive, total 4,22,998 vaccine doses were given across 7,932 sessions. Out of which, 3,30,208 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 92,790 received the second dose of vaccine.

58.20% of those who have received the second dose are concentrated in seven States. Karnataka alone accounts for 14.74% (54,397 doses).

Moving ahead on the COVID19 trajectory, India’s cumulative recoveries show a progressive increment on a daily basis. It stands at 1.06 Cr (1,06,56,845). The Recovery Rate is 97.32%.

Of the new recoveries, 85.14% are concentrated in six States.

Kerala has reported the maximum number of single day recoveries with 4,832 newly recovered cases. 3,853 people recovered in Maharashtra in the past 24 hours followed by 537 in Karnataka.

“Rising recoveries along with contained daily deaths have ensured a sustained fall in the Active Caseload,” the statement read.

India’s present Active Cases (1,37,342) constitute just 1.25% of the total positive cases. 11,987 patients have recovered and discharged in the last 24 hours.

Sixteen states and Union Territories (UTs) have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are Delhi, Odisha, J&K (UT), Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Ladakh (UT), Nagaland, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Tripura, Daman and Diu and Dadar and Nagar Haweli, Arunachal Pradesh.

The Daily Positivity Rate has also seen a constant decline in the last 7 days. From 1.89% on February 1, it has dropped to 1.69% as of Wednesday.

In the last 24 hours, 12,881 new daily cases have been recorded. Of them, 86.61% of new cases are from six States.

Kerala continues to report the highest daily new cases at 4,892 followed by Maharashtra with 4,787, while Tamil Nadu reported 454 new cases.

Meanwhile, 101 fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours. Five States account for 76.24% of the new deaths.

Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (40). Kerala follows with 16 daily deaths and Punjab with 10.