India had launched a massive countrywide Covid-19 vaccination campaign on January 16

More than 25 lakh (2,540,449 or over 2.5 million) vaccine doses were given in the last 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said, releasing data available till 7 am on Sunday morning.

Over 4.4 cr (44,603,841 or over 44.6 million) vaccine doses have been administered through 7,25,138 sessions so far, as per the provisional report till 7 am on Sunday, the health ministry said.

These include 77,79,985 Healthcare Workers or HCWs (1st dose), 48,77,356 HCWs (2nd dose), 80,84,311 Frontline Workers or FLWs (1st dose) and 26,01,298 FLWs (2nd Dose).

Those vaccinated also include 36,33,473 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities and 1,76,27,418 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years who have received their first dose.

India had launched a massive countrywide Covid-19 vaccination campaign on January 16.

The second phase of this drive, which began on March 1, also included those above 60 years old and people more than 45 years of age with specified co-morbodities.

This focus on vaccinating the maximum number of people comes even as some states in the country are reporting a spike in the daily new cases.

Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh account for 77.7% of the 43,846 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, according to data received by the health ministry till Sunday morning.

Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 27,126. It is followed by Punjab with 2,578 while Kerala reported 2,078 new cases.

According to the health ministry, India’s total Active Caseload now stands at 3.09 lakh (3,09,087). This is a net incline of 20,693 cases recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours.

On the other hand, India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 1,11,30,288. The national Recovery Rate is 95.96%. Nearly 23,000 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours.

When it comes to fatalities, 197 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

Six states account for 86.8% of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (92). Punjab follows with 38 daily deaths while Kerala reported15 deaths.