India on Friday reported a net increase of 154,542 in active covid cases to take its count to 1,272,073. India’s share of global active cases now stands at 2.48 per cent.
The country is sixth among the most affected countries by active cases. On Thursday, it added 264,202 cases to take its total caseload to 36,582,129 from 36,317,927 — an increase of 0.73%. And, with 315 new fatalities, its Covid-19 death toll reached 485,350.
With 7,308,669 more Covid-19 vaccine doses being administered on Thursday, India’s total count of vaccine shots so far reached 1,553,981,819. The count of recovered coronavirus cases across India, meanwhile, reached 34,824,706 — or 95.20 per cent of total caseload — with 109,345 new cured cases being reported on Friday.
The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country. The nationwide COVID 19 vaccination started on 16th January 2021.
The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on 21st June 2021. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through the availability of more vaccines, advanced visibility of vaccine availability to States and UTs for enabling better planning by them and streamlining the vaccine supply chain.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID Vaccines free of cost. In the new phase of the universalization of the COVID19 vaccination drive, the Union Government will procure and supply (free of cost) 75% of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine manufacturers in the country to States and UTs.