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India has made a landmark achievement of administering over 9 crore COVID-19 Vaccine doses. Continuing with its largest vaccination drive in the world, the nation administered nearly 30 lakh yesterday.
 
India is one of countries in the world to administer around 9 crore 1 lakh 98 thousand COVID vaccine doses in a short span of only 82 days. In terms of the number of daily doses administered globally, India stands at the top with an average of over 34 lakh doses administered per day.
 
The nation commenced the largest vaccination drive in the world on 16th January this year with vaccination of healthcare workers. Vaccination of front line workers began from 2nd February whereas from 1st of March vaccination of everyone aged above 60 years and above 45 years with specified co-morbidities was undertaken. Widening the scope of Vaccination, from 1st of this month, under the current phase everyone above the age of 45 is being vaccinated.
 
Health Ministry has informed that in a short span of time over 5 crore 50 lakh people above 45 years have already been administered the first shot of the COVID-19 Vaccine whereas over 15 lakh people have received the second dose of the vaccine as well.
 
The Health Ministry has informed that in the last 24 hours, 1 lakh 26 thousand 789 new cases were reported in the country. Eight States including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh have shown a steep rise in the daily new cases. Over 80 per cent of the new cases are reported from these 8 states.
 
685 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours due to COVID-19 taking the cumulative toll to 1 lakh 66 thousand 862. The number of active cases in the country today stands at around 9 lakh 10 thousand, comprising around 7.04 per cent of the total reported cases.
 
The COVID-19 recovery rate in the country declined and stood at 91.67 per cent. In the last 24 hours, over 59 thousand people were discharged after recovery. Till now, over 1 crore 18 lakh people have recovered from the COVID-19 infection in the country.
 
Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR has informed that over 12 lakh 37 thousand samples were tested for COVID-19 in the country yesterday. With this the cumulative testing figure has crossed the mark of 25 crore 26 lakh. As of today, 2447 laboratories are engaged in the work of testing COVID samples across the country which includes 1229 government and 1218 private labs.



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