Coronavirus India Highlights: In the last 24 hours, India recorded 16,752 cases and 113 deaths, bringing the total Covid count to 1,10,96,731 with the number of deaths reaching 1,57,051, according to the Union Health Ministry. Total active cases stand at 1,64,511 and the number of people vaccinated have amounted to 1,43,01,266.
During a high-level meeting on Saturday, the centre pushed for an aggressive vaccination drive in states with a higher number of cases— Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Telangana, and Jammu & Kashmir. The cap on a single vaccine at private hospitals has been fixed at Rs 250.
Days ahead of the scheduled second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive, the Centre Friday communicated that registrations will begin in three ways for those above the age of 50 and those above the age of 45 with associated co-morbidities. The second phase of the drive is scheduled to begin March 1.
Meanwhile, for the last three days, the national capital has been reporting over 200 cases of Covid-19 in a day, a rise from the cases reported over the past month. According to Indian Council of Medical Research, total 7,95,723 samples were tested yesterday.