India has reported 47,262 new COVID-19 cases and 275 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry. This is the most number of cases and deaths reported due to COVID-19 in a day this year. This took the nationwide tally to 11,734,058, the data showed. The total active COVID-19 cases in the country stand at 3,68,457, while the death toll has gone up to 1,60,441.
Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu – which have reported a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases – are major contributors in the nationwide tally, the health ministry has said.
These states together account for 80.90 per cent of the new cases, according to the ministry.
India’s total active caseload is rising after touching its lowest mark in mid-February. On Wednesday morning it stood at 23,080.
The government, meanwhile, announced on Tuesday that everyone above the age of 45 years can get themselves vaccinated from April 1 – heeding to the view of the experts who said that vaccination coverage has to be increased in the wake of the resurgence in the disease’s numbers.
India crossed a significant milestone in the fight against the global pandemic yesterday when the cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed five crore. A total of 5,00,75,162 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till 7 pm on Tuesday.
These include 79,03,068 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the 1st dose and 50,09,252 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 83,33,713 frontline workers (FLWs) (1st dose), 30,60,060 FLWs (2nd dose), 2,12,03,700 beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 45,65,369 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities.
Amid the recent spike in Covid-19 cases, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also issued new guidelines for effective control of the disease. The guidelines will be effective from April 1 to 30.