85% of new coronavirus cases reported from 8 states including Maharashtra and Karnataka

A total of 53,480 new coronavirus cases were recorded in India in the last 24 hours, out of which nearly 85% of cases were reported from these 8 states – Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh. Maharashtra reported the highest daily new cases at 27,918 and was followed by Chhattisgarh (3,108) and Karnataka (2,975). As Maharashtra topped the chart, the state health minister said that they are increasing testing, tracking & tracing. “We are also going to increase the number of vaccination centres. Today, there is no shortage of beds, medicines, doctors. If the number of cases keeps rising, then, we’ll have to take a decision,” he added. Tamil Nadu government has extended the statewide lockdown with relaxations till April 30. It also stressed on effective enforcement of the Test-Track-Treat protocol.

Airport authorities in the national capital have said that random COVID-19 testing of passengers arriving at the Delhi Airport will be done from Wednesday, and passengers who are found to be positive will be quarantined. “From today, we’re going to increase testing to over 80,000 tests daily. Yesterday, the government issued an order for increasing 220 beds in ICU wards in private hospitals for COVID patients. There is just 25% occupancy in private & govt hospitals in Delhi,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday said.

India’s total Active Caseload has reached 5,52,566. It now comprises 4.55% of the country’s total Positive Cases. A net incline of 11,846 cases recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours.

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Five states namely Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab and Chhattisgarh cumulatively account for 79.30% of the total active cases in the country. Maharashtra leads with more than 61% of the active caseload of the country.

Ten States have displayed an upward trajectory in daily new cases including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh.

On the other hand, more than 6.30 cr vaccine doses have been administered through 10,46,757 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. These include 82,16,239 HCWs (1st dose), 52,19,525 HCWs (2nd dose), 90,48,417 FLWs (1st dose) and 37,90,467 FLWs (2nd Dose), 73,52,957 (1st Dose) and 6,824 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities and 2,93,71,422 (1st Dose) and 48,502 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged more than 60 years.

As on Day-74 of the vaccination drive (30th March, 2021), a total of 19,40,999 vaccine doses were given. Out of which, 17,77,637 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 39,666 sessions for 1st dose and 1,63,632 beneficiaries received 2nd dose of the vaccine.

India’s drug regulator DCGI has extended the shelf life (the length of time for which an item remains fit for use) of Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, from six to nine months from its manufacturing date. In a letter to the Serum Institute of India, Drugs Controller General of India VG Somani said the SII is permitted to apply the shelf life of nine months to unlabelled vials available on hand.

India registered 41,280 recoveries in the last 24 hours leading to the cumulative recovery figure of 1,14,34,301 with a national Recovery Rate of 94.11%.

A total of 354 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours out of which six States accounted for 82.20% of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (139) and was followed by Punjab with 64 daily deaths.

Fourteen states/UTs have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are Rajasthan, Assam, Odisha, Ladakh (UT), D&D & D&N, Manipur, Tripura, Sikkim, Lakshadweep, Meghalaya, Mizoram, A&N Islands, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

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