India on Monday recorded 145 fresh fatalities due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), which is the lowets in eight months, according to Union health ministry data.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the world's largest vaccination drive against the pandemic on Saturday. Over two lakh people were inoculated on the first day, the health ministry said.
The country wide death toll has reached 1,52,419, health ministry's Covid-19 dashboard showed at 8 am. The recoveries have crossed 1.02 crore.
As India is recording a fall in the number of Covid-19 cases, a total of 13,788 infections were reported on Monday. The number of cases have been falling over the last week. In fact, the daily new cases have been below 20,000 for the past 11 days.
India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.
According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 18,70,93,036 samples have been tested till January 17 with 5,48,168 samples being tested on Sunday.
The Union health ministry said that India had supplied vaccine to its people at a record level. On the first day of distribution of vaccine, around 2,07,229 people received it and this number is more than that given on a single day in UK, France and America, said Manohar Agnani, additional secretary of Ministry of Health department.
On the second day, over 17,072 received the Covid jab taking the total number of those administered vaccine to 2,24,301.
Further, the officials said that the vaccine had shown side effects on 447 people. The side effects included fever, head ache and fatigue. Three of them needed to be hospitalised and provided treatment.
The officials are monitoring the health condition of all those who were given the vaccine. On the second day, being Sunday, vaccination drive was carried out only in 553 centres across six states. Vaccine was administered in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur and Tamil Nadu.
Manohar said that the officials reviewed the vaccination drive and listed out the issues that arose on the first day of the drive in different states.