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No shortage of Covid-19 vaccines, says Govt

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on April 03, 2021

Jabs top 7 crore; cases rising, too

There is no shortage of Covid-19 vaccines in India, the Union Health Ministry tweeted on Saturday scotching rumours of scarcity. The government is constantly watching the Covid stock situation through its CoWin IT platform, NK Arora, Chair, Operations Research Group, National Task Force, was quoted as saying in a 49-second video clip on Twitter.

The country crossed the 7-crore inoculation mark with 7,44,42,267 doses administered till 8 pm on Saturday through 11,53,614 sessions. The vaccinated set includes 89,53,552 health-care workers or HCWs (first dose), 53,06,671 HCWs (second dose), 96,19,289 front line workers or FLWs (first dose) and 40,18,526 FLWs (second dose) and those over 45 years, 4,57,78,875 (first dose) and 7,65,354 (second dose).

On Day 78 of the vaccination drive ( April 2), 30,93,795 vaccine doses were given — 28,87,779 getting the first jab in 35,624 sessions and 2,06,016 the second.

Rising cases

Eight States including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh continue to report a steep rise in Covid-19 cases. These States account for 81.42 per cent of all new cases reported across the country. Maharashtra recorded the highest number of daily new cases at 47,913, followed by Karnataka with 4,991 and Chhattisgarh at 4,174.

India’s total active caseloadreached 6,58,909 comprising 5.32 per cent of the country’s total positive cases. There was a net addition of 44,213 cases in the last 24 hours. Five States — Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Punjab — account for 77.3 per cent of all active cases, with Maharashtra alone accounting for nearly 60 per cent of the total active caseload.

93% recovery rate

Recoveries stood at 1,15,69,241 at the rate of 93.36 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 44,202 recovered while 714 died. Six States accounted for 85.85 per cent of the fatalities with Maharashtra recording the most at 481 followed by Punjab with 57 daily deaths.

Published on April 03, 2021

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