India registers 100k+ cases a day, in biggest spike since pandemic
Siliguri, India: On Tuesday, India announced more than 110,000 (1.1 lakh) new coronavirus infections, which is being said to be the highest single-day spike since the pandemic started.
Meanwhile, over 600 more patients died in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 1,66,228 in India.
The Health Ministry had recorded 1,26,86,049 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday morning, including 1,65,547 deaths, 7,88,223 active cases, and 1,17,32,279 recoveries nationwide.
India recorded 1,27,99,723 cases and 1,66,228 deaths as of Tuesday night, according to data collected from state/UT statistics. More than 11.7 million people have recovered.
Maharashtra, India's worst-affected state, has continued to show a high daily positivity rate in coronavirus infections.
The state is also India's worst hit by the virus. On Tuesday, 55,469 more people tested positive in Maharashtra, with 2,01,693 samples.
The state maintained a strong daily positivity rate of 27.5 percent.
Tally of India's worst-hit states at a glimpse:
Maharashtra: 31,13,354 total cases, 56,330 deaths, 25,83,331 recoveries.
Kerala: 11,41,092 total cases, 4,694 deaths, 11,06,123 recoveries.
Karnataka: 10,26,584 total cases, 12,696 deaths, 9,68,762 recoveries.
Andhra Pradesh: 9,10,943 total cases, 7,251 deaths, 8,91,883 recoveries.
Tamil Nadu: 9,07,124 total cases, 12,804 deaths, 8,68,722 recoveries.
Delhi: 6,85,062 total cases, 11,113 deaths, 6,56,617 recoveries.
Uttar Pradesh: 6,39,928 total cases, 8,924 deaths, 6,03,495 recoveries.
Meanwhile, the vaccination rate in the nation has been dramatically improved to innoculate more and more of the nation's whopping 1.3 billion-plus population.
Until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 8,40,65,357 vaccine doses were administered in India, with 5,62,807 doses administered on the day.
Vaccination at workplace
On Wednesday, the central government approved COVID-19 vaccinations at workplaces for upto 100 eligible and willing recipients.
Conditions demand that the vaccination would only be available to workers over the age of 45. Outsiders, including family members, would not be permitted to be vaccinated at the workplace.
Beneficiaries must sign up for the Co-WIN portal. Employees will also be able to register on the spot.
How will it be done?
Planning sessions at workplace/ CVCs will be overseen by appointed government/private CVCs.
India joins the like of the US with making vaccines available to employees at workplaces.
As per the rules, only after at least 50 beneficiaries have registered at a workplace CVC may planning to begin the inoculation drive.
COVID-19 vaccination activities can be carried out in workplaces with existing health infrastructure and healthcare staff. The appointed government/private CVCs would have to educate the current health workers.
The workplace CVCs must also have a medical officer as a supervisor to ensure preparedness for any adverse incident following immunization (AEFI).
They must also have an anaphylaxis kit on hand in case of an allergic reaction.
In the event of a referral for medical management after vaccination, they must be linked to a nearby health facility (AEFI Management Center).
In addition, basic life support (BLS) ambulance must be dispatched.
To prevent combining first and second doses, only one of the vaccines —Covishield or COVAXIN— will be available at a Workplace CVC.
The step comes as India witnesses an increase in COVID-19 infections, with a record single-day spike recorded earlier this morning.
This immunization drive will begin on April 11, and the Centre has asked states and union territories to prepare.