India took a new step in the fight against the Covid pandemic on Thursday, as more than 60% of the total eligible population is now vaccinated with the two doses of the vaccine, the government said.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya praised public health workers, medical professionals and citizens across the country for making this feat possible.
“Achieve more new feats! Congratulations India,” Mandaviya tweeted. In the same tweet, he said: “Aided by public participation and the dedicated efforts of our health workers, over 60% of the eligible population is now fully immunized. “
Meanwhile, the country’s vaccine coverage against Covid-19 has exceeded 139.70 crore with the administration of 70 17,671 doses of vaccine in the past 24 hours according to interim reports from the Ministry of Health until 7 Thursday morning hours. This objective was achieved thanks to 1,4794,783 sessions.
India on Thursday recorded 7,495 new cases of Covid and 434 deaths within 24 hours. With the addition of new deaths, the total death toll rose to 4,789,759.
India’s active caseload currently stands at 78,291. The number of active cases constitutes 0.23% of the country’s total positive cases, which is the lowest since March 2020.
Meanwhile, the number of Omicron infections has climbed to 236 across the country. However, of the total Omicron positives, 104 were discharged. So far, 16 states have reported infection with Omicron, the Union Health Department said on Thursday.