India reported 9,353 new COVID-19 incidences on Thursday, pushing the total case tally to 1,08,80,413. The active infections stood at 1,33,086. The recoveries rose to 1,05,87,351 with 15,722 new discharges, pushing the national recovery rate to 97.32 per cent, according to union health ministry data.
With 85 new deaths, the total fatalities climbed to 1,55,484. The COVID-19 case fatality rate stood at 1.43 per cent.
Kerala continued to report the highest daily COVID-19 cases at 5,281. The case tally of the state now stands at 9,88,656 and the total active infections add up to 63,918. The state recorded 5,692 discharges taking the total recoveries to 9,20,539. As many as 16 recent deaths pushed the total fatalities to 3,937. The state conducted 71.7K tests on the day.
Maharashtra saw only 622 new COVID-19 incidences on Thursday after conducting around 55.1K tests. The total caseload of the state now stands at 20,52,905, of which the active infections totalled to 30,265. The number of recoveries rose to 19,70,053, after reporting 6,107 discharges in the past 24 hours. With 25 deaths the total fatalities rose to 51,415.
The Maharashtra government has made RT-PCR test mandatory for travellers from Kerala, which has been reporting a high number of COVID-19 cases, according to state officials. The test has to be done 72 hours before the commencement of travel.
Meanwhile, over 70 lakh doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across India as of date. The total vaccination coverage of 70,17,114 included 57,05,228 healthcare workers (HCWs) and 13,11,886 front line workers (FLWs) through 1,43,056 sessions, a ministry release noted.
A total of 13 states/UTs have vaccinated over 65% of the registered HCWs, with Bihar leading with over 79%. But seven states/UTs have reported less than 40% vaccination of the registered HCWs, of which Puducherry has recorded the lowest performance of 17.5%, noted the report.