India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 94.62 crore on Saturday, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). More than 60 lakh vaccine doses were administered till 7 pm on Saturday, as per the ministry.
“The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late tonight,” said MoHFW.
In the last 24 hours, 60,66,412 vaccine doses were inculcated to eligible beneficiaries from which, 30,66,540 were first doses and 29,99,872 were second doses. So far, 94,62,90,307 vaccine doses have been administered to the population of the country. Of these, 68,00,70,189 were given as the first dose and 26,62,20,118 as the second dose.
Meanwhile, the country saw a single-day rise of 19,740 COVID-19 infections, taking the country’s total tally of cases to 3,39,35,309, while the number of active cases has declined to 2,36,643, the lowest in 206 days, according to Union health ministry data.
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BJP MP Manoj Tiwari has urged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to allow the devotees to celebrate Chhath Puja while following COVID-19 protocols and said he will not accept a complete ban. Mr Tiwari interacted with people from the Purvanchali community on the matter of Chhath Puja during his ”Chhath Yatra” at the Yamuna Ghat in the Sonia Vihar area of Delhi.
“I urge CM Kejriwal to shed his adamancy and allow devotees to celebrate Chhath Puja while following the COVID-19 protocols. We are ready to follow every protocol, be it social distancing, mask, sanitisation or vaccination. We are not going to accept a complete ban,” Mr Tiwari said.
The Uttarakhand government on Saturday directs officials to strictly ensure that Covid-19 protocols are being followed in the schools in the state after a student in the Gopeshwar area of Chamoli district tested positive for the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, 3,43,645 Covid-19 cases have been reported in the state so far including 166 active cases. Also, 1,06,82,064 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state so far.
7,396 people have died due to the virus in the state.
Delhi on Saturday recorded 30 fresh COVID-19 cases, while the positivity rate stood at 0.05 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department.
No fresh deaths were reported in the national capital, the health department bulletin stated.
According to official data, only one death due to coronavirus infection has been recorded so far this month. Last month, five deaths were recorded.
With the 30 fresh cases, Delhi’s infection tally increased to 14,39,166. The deaths stand at 25,088, the bulletin stated.
On Friday, the national capital had recorded 39 cases with a positivity rate of 0.06 per cent.