The country has so far administered the first dose of the vaccine to 2,30,75,504 people. Vaccination of front line workers began from 2nd February whereas the most recent phase began from 1st of this month encompassing vaccination of everyone aged above 60 years and above 45 years with specified co-morbidities.
The health ministry statement added that a total of 9,74,090 vaccine doses were given till 7 pm on Saturday, the 57th day of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination. Out of these, 12,32,131 beneficiaries including healthcare workers and frontline workers were vaccinated across 24,086 sessions for the first dose and 2,87,821 people received the second dose. Uttar Pradesh has topped the list with more than 3.3 lakh doses.
Meanwhile, as many as 24,882 people tested positive for Covid-19 across the country in the last 24 hours, the highest in over 80 days.
Twenty states and Union territories have less than 1,000 active cases, the ministry saidand 18 of states/Union territories have not reported any COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Maharashtra, one of the worst affected states, accounts for 63.57 per cent of the total active cases.
Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of single day recoveries with 11,344 newly recovered cases.
The Health Ministry has informed that the COVID-19 recovery rate in the country today stands at 96.75 per cent.
The capital New Delhi has reported a steady rise in infections over the last two weeks, with health authorities cautioning residents against any slackening of hygiene measures. Five States account for 81.43 per cent of the new deaths.
Punjab follows with 22 daily deaths. These are Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Meghalaya, D&D & D&N, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Ladakh (UT), Manipur, Mizoram, A&N Islands and Arunachal Pradesh are among those.