Coronavirus India Update: Active Cases Drop After Five Days Amid Phase II Of Vaccinations
A health worker administers the Covishield vaccine to a senior citizen at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi. (Photographer: T.Narayan/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Update: Active Cases Drop After Five Days Amid Phase II Of Vaccinations

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Active Covid-19 cases in India dropped marginally after five straight days of increase, as the country embarks on the second phase of immunisation drive.

Authorities reported 12,286 new cases in 24 hours, according to the health ministry's update as of 8 a.m. on March 2. That’s lower than the 12,464 recoveries in the same period, taking active cases to 1.68 lakh.

Covid-19 related deaths too dropped below 100 for the first time in a week. Total deaths now account for 1.41% of the over 1.11 crore coronavirus cases detected in the country.

Key Figures:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,11,24,527
  • Active cases: 1,68,358
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,07,98,921
  • Deaths: 1,57,248
  • Fresh cases in the last 24 hours: 12,286
  • One-day recoveries: 12,464
  • One-day deaths: 91

India has administered 1,48,54,136 vaccine shots, with 5.5 lakh of them given to the elderly in the last 24 hours.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off the second phase of inoculations on Monday— where senior citizens and those above the age of 45 with comorbidities will be able to get vaccinated — by taking the first dose of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin.

Home Minister Amit Shah, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and NCP president Sharad Pawar were among the top leaders who took the jab.

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