New Delhi: Amid the steady rise in active Covid-19 cases in India, daily vaccinations appear to have been ramped up this week. However, the trend over the past month shows that vaccine roll-out has not been consistent, with many crests and troughs.
Data shared by the health ministry shows that in Telangana, over 17 percent of vaccine shots have been wasted. Overall, India is wasting 6.5 per cent of vaccine doses.
In the past 24 hours, as many as 35,871 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported across the country. This is the highest daily case count since 2 December. Maharashtra continues to report the highest number of new cases of any state.
A total of 3,71,43,255 vaccine doses have been administered in India so far, with 20,78,719 doses administered in the last 24 hours. Of these, 3,06,00,787 are first doses, while 65,42,468 people have received the second dose of the vaccines.
The pace of vaccine roll-out in the country has been slow so far. The highest number of people to have been vaccinated in a single day has been just over 30 lakh.
However, vaccinations have dipped to as low as 66,666, on 3 March. On average, daily vaccinations rose significantly this week.
According to data shared by the health ministry, nearly 6.5 per cent of the vaccines in India are being wasted. In Telangana, more than 17 per cent of total vaccine shots have been wasted.
Active cases in India increased to 2,52,364 in the past 24 hours. This accounts for over 2 per cent of the total cases detected in the country, so far.
In Maharashtra, active case numbers are not only the highest, but are also rising faster than other states. Within a month, active cases have quadrupled in the state.
While Kerala has the second-highest active case count in the country, it is the only state to show a declining trend in the past month.
Number of deaths
In the past 24 hours, 172 Covid-19 deaths were reported across the country. As many as 1,59,216 people in India have died of Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The overall fatality rate for India is now 1.39. Punjab’s case fatality reduced to 3.03, but it is still the highest in the country. Maharashtra’s CFR reduced to 2.23, while that of Sikkim is 2.17.
The number of Covid tests conducted in the last 24 hours was 10,63,379. Over 23 crore tests have been carried out in the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
With an increase in the number of tests, the test positivity increased to 3.3 per cent in the last 24 hours. The overall positivity, calculated since the beginning of the pandemic, is now 4.9 per cent.
In the last 24 hours, 17,741 Covid patients have been discharged hospitals across India. This brings the total number of recoveries since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,10,63,025.
As many as 1,14,74,605 people in India have been infected with Covid-19. The highest number of cases have been reported from Maharashtra, followed by Kerala and Karnataka.
States with highest active cases
In the last 24 hours, Maharashtra reported 23,179 new cases of Covid-19, which swelled the number of active cases in the state to 1,54,036.
As many as 23,70,507 cases of Covid-19 have been reported from the state since the beginning of the pandemic. Of these, 53,080 people have died, with 84 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
In Kerala, active Covid-19 cases fell to 25,698. In the last 24 hours, the state has reported 2,098 new cases of Covid-19.
This takes the total number of cases detected in the state to 10,96,392. With 13 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the state’s Covid-19 death toll increased to 4,435.
In Punjab, active cases increased to 13,320, with 2,013 new cases of Covid-19 reported in the last 24 hours.
A total of 2,03,049 people in the state have been infected by the virus. With 35 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the state’s Covid-19 death toll increased to 6,172.
Karnataka reported 1,275 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, as a result active cases in the state increased to 10,239. A total of 9,63,614 Covid-19 cases have been reported from the state.
With four deaths in the last 24 hours, the death toll increased to 12,407.
In Tamil Nadu, active cases increased to 5,811, with 945 new cases of Covid detected in the last 24 hours. This has brought the total number of cases detected in the state to 8,62,374.
The state reported eight deaths in the last 24 hours, which has taken the death toll to 12,564.
(Edited by Rachel John)
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