17,921 new cases of Covid-19 take India's tally to above 11.26 million; 133 deaths recorded in 24 hours
India on Wednesday recorded 17,921 new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the last 24 hours, according to Union health ministry's update on Wednesday morning. With this, the countrywide tally reached 11,262,707.
The active cases, which are on a downward trajectory since yesterday, fell by another 2,864 to reach 1,84,598.
The health ministry data also showed that 133 people lost their lives due to the infection, which took the death toll to 1,58,063.
On Tuesday, India recorded 15,388 cases of Covid-19.
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The recent surge in the number of cases has been triggered by six states, including the worst-affected Maharashtra. On Tuesday, the state reported 9,927 new Covid-19 cases and 56 deaths. The cumulative count of the cases in Maharashtra stands at 22,38,398.
Meanwhile, India achieved a major milestone on Tuesday when vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 2.40 crore mark. According to health ministry, 10,28,911 people were given jabs till Tuesday evening.
During the day, 7,98,354 beneficiaries took their first dose and 2,30,557 healthcare workers and frontline workers received their second dose of the vaccine as per the provisional report, the ministry said.
More than two million Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered on March 8, the highest in a day so far.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers getting inoculated and the vaccination of the frontline workers started from February 2.
The next phase of Covid-19 vaccination has commenced from March 1 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.
The Centre on Tuesday advised all states and union territories to register and activate all private facilities and provide sufficient stock of Covid-19 vaccines to them for 15-28 days so that they can offer online open slots to citizens for vaccination.
The direction was issued at a high-level review meeting chaired by P K Misra, the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, according to a health ministry statement.