The country on Tuesday administered 1.28 crore doses of vaccines against Covid-19, according to provisional data, setting the highest single-day tally since the vaccination drive began on January 16 this year. With this, India ended August by administering a record 18.12 crore doses, up from 13.45 crore in July.
India’s cumulative vaccination has now crossed 65 crore doses, as per official data. On Tuesday, India also crossed another mark — cumulative 50 crore first-dose coverage.
In August, daily average vaccination was 58.46 lakh — the first time that the daily average was more than 50 lakh. In April, the average daily vaccination was 29.96 lakh, which dropped to 19.69 lakh in May due to a supply shortage. As manufacturers began ramping up production, June and July saw, respectively, 39.89 lakh and 43.41 average daily jabs.
A record high of over 1.28 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses were given on Tuesday, according to the CoWIN portal data. With this, India achieved another vaccination milestone for the second time in five days, taking the cumulative doses administered in the country to over 65-crore.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya lauded the entire country for the achievement of more than one crore doses being administered for the second day within a span of five days. India took 85 days to touch the figure of 10 crore. The number crossed 50 crore vaccinations on August 6. It took 19 more days to go past the 60-crore mark on August 25.
This month, Uttar Pradesh administered the highest number of doses — 2.46 crore. Seven other large states administered more than 1 crore doses each in August: Maharashtra (1.43 crore); Madhya Pradesh (1.42 crore); Bihar (1.30 crore); Gujarat (1.26 crore); Rajasthan (1.19 crore); Karnataka (1.17 crore); and West Bengal (1.12 crore doses).
States reporting more than 50 lakh vaccine doses this month are Tamil Nadu (93 lakh), Kerala (87.18 lakh), Andhra Pradesh (86.46 lakh), and Odisha (56 lakh).
On Tuesday morning, according to Health Ministry data, the states had a record 5.42 crore unutilised vaccine doses due to an increase in supply.
Meanwhile, India has reported 41,965 new COVID-19 cases, 33,964 recoveries and 460 deaths in last 24 hours, as per Health Ministry. Total cases: 3,28,10,845 Active cases: 3,78,181 Total recoveries: 3,19,93,644 Death toll: 4,39,020.
As many as 30,203 new COVID-19 cases and 115 deaths were reported in Kerala on Tuesday, said the state health department.
The rampant surge in cases is being recorded even after the state has imposed a night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am to tackle the transmission of the infection.
With a new and more deadlier variant of COVID-19 - C.1.2 - being detected in several countries, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said special arrangements will be made at airports to screen visitors from those nations.
Visitors from countries where the new variant has been detected will be subjected to RT-PCR tests on arrival here and if necessary, they would be quarantined, the CM said in the COVID review meeting.
Karnataka Health Minister K. Sudhakar on Tuesday said that action will be initiated against the Noorunnisa Institute of Nursing located in Kolar Gold Field (KGF), for negligence in following Covid protocols, after 32 girl students there tested Covid positive since the last two days.
"(As many as) 32 students, all from Kerala, have tested positive for Covid in the institution. The management should have taken negative reports when they came back from Kerala. This was the responsibility of the organisation. I will make a visit on Wednesday and initiate action," he said.
Adhering to COVID-19 protocols, schools in Delhi have been reopened for students of 9 to 12 standards on Wednesday, almost one and a half years after educational institutions were shut down due to a spike in the infections.