New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday reviewed the COVID-19 situation in India as some states reported a sudden spike in cases. The meeting was attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and other home ministry officials.

During the meeting, Shah discussed about the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive and the steps needed to check further spread of the virus. He also discussed the possible assistance to be offered to the affected states.

The meeting comes amid a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in five states -- Punjab, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh -- as India's positivity rate reached 5.20 per cent.

With 2393 testing labs in the country including 1,220 government laboratories and 1,173 private laboratories, the daily testing capacity has got a substantial boost.

"The number of beneficiaries being tested per million every day has shown a consistent and progressive increase. India's tests per million stand at 1,53,298.4 as on date," the health ministry highlighted.

Till February 22, the COVID-19 vaccination coverage was 1,11,16,854 through 2,32,317 sessions, as per the provisional report. These include 63,97,849 health care workers (HCWs 1st dose), 9,67,852 HCWs (2nd dose) and 37,51,153 frontline workers (FLW 1st dose).

The 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccination started on February 13 for those beneficiaries who have completed 28 days after receipt of the 1st dose. Vaccination of the FLWs started on February 2.

As on day-37 of the vaccination drive (21st February), 31,681 vaccine doses were given. Out of which, 24,471 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 1,429 sessions for 1st dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 7,210 HCWs received 2nd dose of vaccine.

Out of total 1,11,16,854 vaccine doses, 1,01,49,002 (HCWs and FLWs) received 1st dose of vaccine and total 9,67,852 HCWs received 2nd dose of vaccine, the ministry said.

It said 60.17 per cent of the total vaccine doses are concentrated in seven states. Karnataka alone accounts for 11.8 per cent (1,14,043 doses).

India's cumulative recoveries surged to 1.06 crore (1,06,99,410) and exceed the active cases by 1,05,49,355 (71.3 times), the ministry underscored.

A total of 9,695 patients have recovered and got discharged in a span of 24 hours.

The ministry said 80.86 per cent of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in five states.

Kerala has reported the maximum number of single day recoveries with 4,345 newly recovered cases. A total of 2,417 people recovered in Maharashtra in a span of 24 hours followed by 460 in Tamil Nadu.

The country's total active cases is 1,50,055 as on date which consists of 1.36 per cent of India's total infections.

A total 14,199 new daily cases have been recorded in a span of 24 hours.

Seven states and UTs have not reported any new cases in a span of 24 hours. These are Uttarakhand, Ladakh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Daman and Diu and Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the ministry said.

It said 86.3 per cent of the new cases are from five states. Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 6,971. It is followed by Kerala with 4,070 while Tamil Nadu reported 452 new cases.

Nineteen states and UTs have not reported any COVID-19 deaths in a span of 24 hours. These are Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, J-K, Rajasthan, Odisha, Goa, Chandigarh, Assam, Manipur, Sikkim, Lakshadweep, Tripura, Nagaland, Ladakh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Daman and Diu and Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Besides, 83 deaths were reported in a span of 24 hours, the ministry said adding five states account for 78.31 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (35). Kerala reported 15 deaths.

(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma