Covid-19: India’s vaccination coverage exceeds 99-crore mark on Tuesday

Our Bureau. New Delhi | Updated on October 19, 2021

The daily positivity remained below 3 per cent for the previous 50 days and below 5 per cent for 133 consecutive days.

India's Covid vaccination coverage exceeded the 99 crore mark on Tuesday, with the country administering more than 39.6 lakh vaccine doses till 7:30 PM, as per the CoWIN Dashboard. Last week, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had said that the Government would achieve the target of 100 crore of the first dose of vaccination. As per the Health Ministry, more than 10.42 crore Covid vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.

Meanwhile, Rajesh Bhushan, Health Secretary, reviewed the progress of Covid-19 vaccination with Health Secretaries and the officials of States and UTs, through a video conference on Monday. The meeting pointed out that many States have adequate doses to vaccinate those who are awaiting their second dose.

"The Government is in a position to provide additional vaccine doses to the States/UTs so that they can complete the aforesaid task. They were also exhorted to improve the momentum and accelerate the vaccination drive," the press release said. The release further added that the Ministry is reviewing the guidelines in consultation with all stakeholders, including the Ministry of Home Affairs, Bureau of Immigration, Ministry of Civil Aviation, and the Ministry of External Affairs. States/UTs were also requested to share their suggestion or feedback, it said. 

Also see: India administered over 98 crore total vaccine doses


New cases

In addition, India reported 13,058 Covid cases on Tuesday, with 164 deaths in the last 24 hours till 8 AM, as per the Ministry. The active caseload fell below two lakhs at 1,83,118, which was the lowest since March 2020. Active cases constituted 0.54 per cent of the country's total positive cases.

Further, the recovery of 19,470 patients in the last 24 hours increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients since the pandemic's beginning to 3.34 crore. Consequently, India's recovery rate stood at 98.14 per cent, at its highest peak since March 2020.

The country conducted 11.81 lakh tests in the previous day and has undertaken over 59.31 crore cumulative tests.

Also, the weekly positivity rate stood at 1.36 per cent, remaining less than 3 per cent for the last 116 days and the daily positivity rate was at 1.11 per cent. The daily positivity remained below 3 per cent for the previous 50 days and below 5 per cent for 133 consecutive days.


Published on October 19, 2021

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