Active Covid-19 cases in India rose for the fifth straight day, stoking fears of a second wave and renewed restrictions, even as the country embarks on the second phase of immunisation drive.
Authorities reported 15,500 new cases in 24 hours, according to the health ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on March 1, 2021. That’s higher than the nearly 11,300 recoveries in the same period, taking active cases near 1.7 lakh.
Fresh cases dropped below 16,000 for the first time in five days.
India also reported more than a 100 deaths for the sixth day in a row, taking the total toll tally above 1.57 lakh. Total deaths now account for 1.41% of the over 1.11 crore coronavirus cases detected in the country.
- Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,11,12,241
- Active cases: 1,68,627
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,07,86,457
- Deaths: 1,57,157
- Fresh cases in the last 24 hours: 15,510
- One-day recoveries: 11,288
- One-day deaths: 106
India administered 1,43,01,266 vaccine shots to healthcare and frontline workers in phase I of the immunisation programme.
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.