India records 2.3 lakh new COVID-19 cases, 1341 deaths in last 24 hours

India has 52 districts with no fresh cases in 7 days, 34 districts with no fresh cases in 14 days, 4 districts with no fresh cases in 21 days and 44 districts with no fresh cases in 28 days.

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On Saturday, April 17, Union Health Ministry released the data of new COVID-19 cases in India, after that India reached the milestone of highest single day surge.

Report released by the Union Health Ministry states that in the last 24 hours, India reported 2,34,692 new COVID-19 cases and reached the milestone of highest single day surge and 1,23,354 patients got discharge, while 1,341 people died of this deadly virus. Total active cases in India is now around 16.7 lakhs. Total death toll in India reached to 1,75,649.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) released that 26,49,72,022 samples were tested up to April 17 including 14,95,397 samples tested yesterday. Total vaccination: 11,99,37,641.

The total vaccinations across the country have approached nearly 12 crore mark with more than 26.14 lakh vaccine doses administered till 8 pm on 16th April. Today, 66,689 COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs) were operational, marking a rise of an average of 21,689 operational Vaccination Centres (45,000 CVCs on an average are functional on any given day). Workplace vaccinations have also enabled such a high turnout of beneficiaries.

The cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 11,97,87,239.

On April 16, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare also visited All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi to review their COVID-19 preparedness in light of recent surge of COVID cases in the Capital. He also interacted with the patients under care at the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre (JPNATC) of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan also said that– “India has 52 districts with no fresh cases in 7 days, 34 districts with no fresh cases in 14 days, 4 districts with no fresh cases in 21 days and 44 districts with no fresh cases in 28 days.” He also share about the steps taken by Union government to stop black marketing of drugs like Remdesivir and Itolizumab.

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