According to official numbers, the vaccination drive launched in January has covered over 2.5 crore people. Yesterday 13.17 lakh injections were administered.
Amid this intensive inoculation drive, India is witnessing a worrying spike in the past 24 hours of Covid-19 infection across the country with 22,854 positive cases – a two-month high with 126 deaths.
This is 27% higher than the figure of 17,921 on the previous day.
The last time such a peak was reached was on December 26 with 22,273. Overall, India has now recorded 1,12,85,561 cases since the outbreak a year ago, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
The worst-hit five states, according to the latest official updates are Maharashtra (13,659), Kerala (2,475), Punjab (1,393), Karnataka (760), and Gujarat (675). The situation in Maharashtra, which has consistently topped the ranking over the past year, has been under scrutiny for a while with several districts imposing partial lockdowns or night curfews.
Earlier this week the Centre had said that eight states and Union territories – Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Haryana – had been displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases, with a weekly positivity rate higher than the national average of 2.29 per cent. Center has deputed high-level teams to these states, besides Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, and Jammu and Kashmir, to monitor and help them with the situation.