The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 61 crore landmark milestone, as per the provisional report issued on Thursday by Union Health Ministry. An official statement from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said that 61,10,43,573 vaccine doses have been administered so far.
Nearly 68 lakh (67,87,305) vaccine doses were administered on Thursday on the 223rd day of the vaccination drive, as per the 7 pm provisional report. “Final reports would be completed for the day by late tonight” a release by the Health Ministry stated.
As per the statement, 47,19,00,520 doses were inoculated as first dose while 13,91,43,053 were administered as the second dose. On Thursday, 46,88,114 vaccine jabs were given as first dose to eligible beneficiaries and 20,99,191 were given as second dose.
Taking to Twitter, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed that 50 per cent of the eligible population is vaccinated with first dose of the vaccine. “India achieves unprecedented milestone! 50 per cent of the eligible population inoculated with the first dose of #COVID19 vaccine. Keep it up India. Let us fight Corona,” he wrote.
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In view of the rising number of Delta plus variant cases in Maharashtra, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Thursday made institutional quarantine or hospitalisation mandatory for every patient testing positive for coronavirus in the city.
Municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B has issued an order regarding this and directed all zone commissioners to put patients testing coronavirus positive under institutional quarantine or ensure their hospitalization, a NMC release said.
The release said though coronavirus cases are under control in Nagpur, threat of the Delta plus variant, considered highly infectious, persists in the city. “Patients testing coronavirus positive can be suspected patients of the Delta plus variant. Hence, this measure is being taken to stop its spread,” the NMC said.
Madhya Pradesh vaccinated more than 40 lakh people during its two-day mega vaccination campaign named Maha Abhiyan-2 on August 25 and 26.
On the first day of the mega COVID-19 vaccination drive in Madhya Pradesh, a total of 24,20,374 lakh vaccine doses were administered on Wednesday whereas, on the second day 16,49,751 people were administered, informs a release by the state government.
The release further stated that to effectively control the COVID-19 pandemic, the state government conducted the Vaccination Maha Abhiyan in which, the message of getting the vaccine from big cities to villages and small settlements was reached through various mediums and hence enabling people to get inspired and get the vaccination done.