The Union Health Ministry said that more than 20 lakh vaccine doses against the coronavirus were administered across the country on Friday, the highest single-day count so far.
As many as 16,39,663 beneficiaries – healthcare workers and frontline workers were vaccinated for the first dose and 4,13,874 such people received the second shot, news agency PTI reported.
Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Saturday issued a statement saying that passengers violating the Covid-19 protocol or not wearing mask properly inside an aircraft will be de-boarded.
In view of the rising coronavirus cases in Bhopal and Indore, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that night curfew might be imposed in these two districts from Sunday or Monday. Chouhan said that people coming to the state by air, trains or roads from neighbouring Maharashtra, where there is a spike in cases, should be thermally scanned. He also instructed the officials to ensure that Covid-19 rules are strictly followed by people to prevent the spread of the virus.
India on Saturday reported 24,882 new Covid-19 cases and 140 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. The total tally of cases now stands at 1,13,33,728, while the death toll touched 1,58,446. There are 2,02,022 active cases in the country while as many as 1,09,73,260 people have recovered from the disease.
While the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic has set off alarm bells, a reassuring sign is that the severity of the disease appears to be significantly less than before, as is evident from the declining death rate.
India’s overall case fatality ratio (CFR), or the number of deaths as a proportion of confirmed infections, is around 1.4 per cent. That means about 14 people out of every 1,000 confirmed infections have died so far. But among those who were infected from January onward, this ratio is only about 0.87 per cent.
In the first two months of this year, India recorded 8,06,453 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections. Deaths usually occur two to three weeks after the infection. In the two months between January 11 and March 11, a total 6,979 deaths have been reported across the country.
This trend is more prominent in Maharashtra, which accounts for nearly a third of all coronavirus-related deaths in the country, and 20 per cent of all infections. Maharashtra is also the epicentre of the ongoing second wave.