On Day-67 of the vaccination drive, (Tuesday, March 23), 23,46,692 vaccine doses were given

Crossing a significant milestone in the fight against the global pandemic, India has now administered over 5 crore (over 50 million) doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

5,08,41,286 vaccine doses have been administered through 8,23,046 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Wednesday.

These include 79,17,521 Healthcare Workers or HCWs (1st dose), 50,20,695 HCWs (2nd dose), 83,62,065 Frontline Workers or FLWs (1st dose) and 30,88,639 FLWs (2nd Dose), 47,01,894 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 2,17,50,472 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years.

On Day-67 of the vaccination drive, (Tuesday, March 23), 23,46,692 vaccine doses were given.

Of the total, 21,00,799 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 2,45,893 HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine.

Eight States account for 60% of the cumulative vaccine doses given so far, the ministry said.

These are Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh.

Five states report surge in cases

Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat are reporting a surge in the COVID daily new cases. These five states account for 77.44% of the new cases, the health ministry said.

In the last 24 hours, 47,262 new cases were registered.

Six states cumulatively account for 81.65% of these new cases reported in the past 24 hours.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 28,699. It is followed by Punjab with 2,254 while Karnataka reported 2,010 new cases.

Eight states have also reported a higher weekly positivity rate than the national average (4.11%). Maharashtra leads with a weekly positivity rate at 20.53.

With the new cases, India’s total Active Caseload has reached 3,68,457, comprising 3.14% of the total Positive Cases. A net incline of 23,080 cases has been recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours.

India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 1,12,05,160 today while the national Recovery Rate is 95.49%.

The last 24 hours saw 23,907 recoveries and 275 deaths.

According to the official data, sux States account for 83.27% of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (132). Punjab follows with 53 daily deaths and Chhattisgarh reported 20 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Twelve States and Union Territories(UTs) have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are Odisha, Lakshadweep, Ladakh (UT), Manipur, D&N & D&N, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tripura, A&N Islands, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.