India has become the fastest country in the world to achieve over 70 lakh vaccinations against Covid-19 in just 26 days, while it took 27 days for the US and 48 days for the UK to reach the same figures, according to the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.
It was also highlighted by the ministry that 17 states and UTs have not reported any deaths in the last 24 hours.
More than 70 lakh beneficiaries have been administered with the Covid-19 shots under the countrywide Covid-19 vaccination exercise, till February, 11, 8 AM.
Moreover, the ministry informed that the total number of cumulative vaccination coverage has reached to 70,17,114 that includes 57,05,228 healthcare workers (HCWs) and 13,11,886 frontline workers (FLWs). And a total of 1,43,056 sessions have been conducted so far.
According to the ministry, 4,05,349 beneficiaries (HCWs- 94,890 and FLWs- 3,10,459) were vaccinated on Day-26 (February 10) across 8,308 sessions.
“The number of beneficiaries being vaccinated every day has shown a progressive boost.
“Thirteen states and UTs have vaccinated over 65 per cent of the registered healthcare workers (HCWs). Bihar leads with over 79 per cent of the registered HCWs vaccinated,” the ministry said.
It also stated, seven states and UTs have reported less than 40 per cent vaccinations of the registered healthcare workers (HCWs).
However, Puducherry has recorded the lowest vaccination performance with 17.5 per cent. According to the ministry these are the 17 states and UTs have not reported any deaths in the last 24 hours, Telangana, Gujarat, Assam, Haryana, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Lakshadweep, Ladakh (UT), Sikkim, Manipur, Mizoram, Andman and Nicobar Islands, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Daman and Diu and Dadar and Nagar Haveli.
In a span of 24 hours the country has recorded 1,42,562 active cases and the total active cases of the country now stands merely with 1.31 per cent of the total infections.
“India’s active cases per million population (104) is amongst the lowest in the world,” the ministry underlined.
However, a total of 12,923 new confirmed cases were recorded in a span of 24 hours in the country and 11,764 new recoveries were registered in the same period.
The National Recovery Rate (97.26 per cent) continues to be one of the highest in the world, the ministry noted with the total recovered cases that have increased to 1,05,73,372.
“The gap between active cases and recovered cases is continuously increasing and stands at 1,04,30,810,” the ministry said.
It said that 83.20 per cent of the newly recovered cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in 6 states. Meanwhile, Kerala has contributed the highest number to the newly recovered cases (5,745), followed by Maharashtra (2,421) and Gujarat (495).
Further, 85.11 per cent of the new cases are from six states.
The highest daily 5,980 new cases have been reported in Kerala. Followed by Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu with 3,451and 479 new cases, respectively.
The ministry informed, 108 case fatalities have been reported in a span of 24 hours. Seven states account for 79.63 per cent of these.
Maharashtra reported the maximum casualties at 30. It is followed by Kerala with 18 new daily deaths.