New Delhi: As many as 3,49,691 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative caseload to 1,69,60,172, the Union health ministry said on Sunday morning. India is currently recording the greatest number of new infections in the world. The country has seen over three lakh cases for five days in a row now.
Twelve states Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Bihar and West Bengal are displaying an upward trajectory in daily cases. On the death toll front, 2,767 more people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,92,311.
In addition to this, 2,17,113 were discharged from various hospitals. The total number of recoveries now stands at 1,40,85,110. As a result, there are 26,82,751 active cases in India currently, breaching the 26-lakh mark for the first time and nearing 27 lakh. The number stood at 25,52,940 on Saturday.
The country has so far administered 14,09,16,417 anti-Covid jabs. The ministry said on Saturday that India has given 14 crore doses of vaccine in just 99 days, the fastest in the world. Phase-I of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive was launched on 16 January, prioritizing protection for healthcare workers and frontline workers.
The phase-II was initiated on 1 March, focusing on protecting the most vulnerable i.e. all people above 45 years of age. Everyone above 18 years of age will be eligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19 from 1 May, the central government said.