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Nearly 5 million beneficiaries vaccinated against Covid-19: Health ministry

India's caseload has been declining in recent months

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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A health worker shows a Covidshield vaccine vial, after the virtual launch of COVID-19 vaccination drive by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at RML Hospital in New Delhi.
A health worker shows a Covidshield vaccine vial at RML Hospital in New Delhi | File photo

Nearly50 lakh beneficiaries have been inoculated under the countrywide COVID-19 vaccination exercise, while India's total active cases have dropped to1.51 lakh, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

India's total active cases continues to follow a consistent downward slideconsisting of just1.40 per centof total infections.

Following a downward trajectory,12,408 daily newcases were recorded in a span of 24 hours.

"India's cases per million population (7,828) areamongst the lowest in the world.This count is much higher for countries like Russia, Germany, Italy, Brazil, France, UK and USA," the ministry said.

It said17 states and UTshave alower case per million population than the national average. Lakshadweep has the lowest average of 1,722 cases per million among all states and UTs.

Till February 5, 49,59,445beneficiaries have received the vaccination with5,09,893people receiving the shots in a span of 24 hours across 11,184 sessions, the ministry said.

A total of 95,801 sessions have been conducted so far. The ministry said that61 per centof beneficiaries vaccinated are from8 states and UTs. Uttar Pradesh accounts for 11.9 per cent (5,89,101) of the total beneficiaries vaccinated in India.

A total of 1,04,96,308people have recovered so far with 15,853patientsrecuperating in a span of 24 hours.

"The higher number of recoveries via-a-vis new cases has widened the gap between recovered and active cases to 1,03,44,848," the ministry underlined.

It said 85.06 per centof the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 6 states and UTs. Keralahas reported the maximum number of single day recoveries with6,341newly recovered cases.

A total of 5,339 people recovered in Maharashtra in a span of 24 hours followed by 517 inTamil Nadu. The ministry said84.25 per cent of the12,408new cases registered in a day are from 6 states and UTs.

Kerala continues to report the highest daily new cases at6,102. It is followed by Maharashtra with 2,736, while Tamil Nadu reported 494 new cases. A total of 120deaths were recorded in a span of 24 hours, the ministry said adding sixsix states and UTs account for74.17 per centof the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (46).

Kerala follows with 17 daily deaths, while Punjab and Delhi reported 7 deaths each.Fourteen states and UTshave reportedno deathsin a span of 24 hours, the ministry highlighted. These are Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Nagaland, Mizoram, Ladakh (UT), Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, A&N Islands, D&D & D&N and Lakshadweep.

India's 112 deaths per million population are alsoamongst the lowest in the world, the ministry underscored.

On the positive side,19 states and UTshave reported lower deaths per million average than the national average. Lakshadweep leads with an average of0 deaths per million.

Seventeen states and UTs have reported higher deaths per million population than the national average. Delhi's figure of 581 deaths per million is the highest among all the states, it said.

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First Published: Fri, February 05 2021. 16:30 IST