Coronavirus India Updates: Everyone Above 45 Years Eligible For Vaccine From April 1
Random rapid antigen tests conducted by BMC outside of malls. (Source: BMC)

Coronavirus India Updates: Everyone Above 45 Years Eligible For Vaccine From April 1

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Active coronavirus infections in India continued to climb, even as the country announced the third phase of vaccinations.

Authorities detected more than 40,000 fresh cases in 24 hours taking the total tally above 1.16 crore in the world’s second-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on March 23, 2021.

New infections have been exceeding single-day recoveries since March 11. That caused active cases to rise to 3.45 lakh. India’s active cases had crossed 10 lakh in mid-September.

Key figures

  • Total confirmed cases: 1,16,86,796
  • Total number of active cases: 3,45,377
  • Total patients cured/discharged/migrated: 1,11,81,253
  • Total deaths: 1,60,166
  • Fresh cases in 24 hours: 40,715
  • One-day recoveries: 29,785
  • One-day deaths: 199

India has administered nearly 4.85 crore vaccination shots since the immunisation drive began in January, according to government data. Over 32 lakh beneficiaries were given the jab in the last 24 hours.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday announced the third phase of the country’s vaccination drive starting April 1, where everyone above the age of 45 would be eligible for the shot.

Everyone Above 45 Years Will Be Eligible For Vaccine From April

Maharashtra Contributes More Than Half Of New Cases

Authorities in Maharashtra detected 24,645 new cases of Covid-19 — contributing more than half of the country’s fresh infections — taking the state’s total tally to 25,04,327. Active infections in the state now stand at 5,124.

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