India reports biggest daily jump in COVID-19 infections this year

Covid-19 vaccination Over 2.91 crore receive jabs in India

Maharashtra is leading the Covid-19 vaccination drive as it has vaccinated 22,75,285 people with the first dose of the vaccine so far.

"These include 73,31,498 health care workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 42,58,297 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 72,96,474 front line worker (FLWs) who have taken the first dose and 10,53,732 FLWs who have taken the second dose, 13,86,305 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities and 78,66,241beneficiaries more than 60 years old", the release said. Out of these, 12,32,131 beneficiaries including healthcare workers and frontline workers were vaccinated across 24,086 sessions for the first dose and 2,87,821 people received the second dose.

Ten states account for 69 per cent of the second dose vaccinations in India and Uttar Pradesh alone accounts for 9.71 per cent - 4,99,242 - of the total second dose vaccinations in the country, the ministry said.

Maharashtra state, yet again the nation's epicentre of fresh cases, has imposed fresh lockdowns in several districts.

The country's cumulative recoveries stand at 1,09,89,897 today with the national recovery rate standing at 96.75 per cent. "Final reports would be completed for the day by late tonight", the ministry added.

Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of single day recoveries with 11,344 newly recovered cases.

India on Sunday reported 25,317 new Covid-19 cases, the highest since December 19, taking the total tally of infections to 1,13,59,048, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

Five States account for 81.43% of the new deaths. Punjab follows with 34 daily deaths.

These are Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Assam, Lakshadweep, Ladakh, D&D and D&N, Sikkim, Nagaland, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, A&N Islands, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.