India achieved the milestone of vaccinating close to 122 million people against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in a span of 92 days on Sunday, according to data released by the Union ministry for health and family welfare.
The United States achieved a similar feat in 97 days while China achieved a similar feat in 108 days, the health ministry also said. India vaccinated more than 2.6 million people in the last 24 hours pushing the tally of vaccinated people to 122,622,590 people, it added.
The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine dose administered in the country has crossed 12 crore as part of the world’s largest vaccination drive, it said.Cumulatively, 12,26,22,590 vaccine doses have been administered through 18,15,325 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am.
These include 91,28,146 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 57,08,223 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,12,33,415 FLWs who have received the first dose and 55,10,238 FLWs who have taken the second dose.
Besides, 4,55,94,522 and 38,91,294 beneficiaries aged more than 60 have been administered the first and second dose respectively and 4,04,74,993 and 10,81,759 beneficiaries aged 45 to 60 years have taken the first and second dose respectively.
Eight states account for 59.5 per cent of the total doses given so far in the country.
“The four states Gujarat(1,03,37,448), Maharashtra(1,21,39,453),Rajasthan(1,06,98,771) and UP (1,07,12,739) have so far administered more than 1 crore dose each to their population. Gujarat completed 1 crore vaccinations on April 16 while the other three states achieved it on April 14,” the ministry said.
“India took only 92 days to reach 12 crore vaccinations, the fastest country to do so. It is followed by the US which took 97 days and China (108 days),” the ministry stated.
Over 26 lakh vaccination doses were administered in a span of 24 hours.
As on day-92 of the vaccination drive (April 17), 26,84,956 vaccine doses were given. A total of 20,22,599 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 39,998 sessions for the first dose and 6,62,357 beneficiaries received the second dose of vaccine, it stated.
Maharashtra, Delhi and Chhattisgarh were among the top three states and Union territories that reported the highest number of deaths in the last 24 hours.
India reported 1,501 fresh fatalities on Sunday.
Seven other states and Union territories other than these three recorded a surge in the number of deaths over the past 24 hours. Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan reported a surge in deaths. These 10 states accounted for 82.94% of the deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
Ten states and Union territories – Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan – accounted for 79% of the new cases reported in the last 24 hours.
Sixteen states and Union Territories – Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan – are witnessing an upward trajectory in daily new cases.
The daily positivity rate in the nation doubled from 8.00% to 16.69% in the last 12 days while the weekly positivity numbers increased from 3.05% to 13.54% in the last month.
Chhattisgarh with 30.38% reported the highest weekly positivity rate among all the states.
India currently has 1.8 million active cases which account for 12% of the total positive cases reported in the country.
Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala account for 65.02% of these cases while Maharashtra alone accounts for 38.09% of the total active caseload in the country.
India’s recovery rate dropped to 86.62% with the nation reporting 138,423 recoveries taking the tally of recovered people to 12,809,643 on Sunday.