'Patchwork quilt' approach to COVID-19 vaccine rollout frustrates worker groups

Daniel Fowler
March 14, 2021

The Union Health Ministry also said that 15,19,952 vaccine doses were administered on day 57 of the vaccination drive on March 13.

A total of 16,39,663 beneficiaries that included Health Care Workers (HCW) and Front Line Workers (FLW) were vaccinated the first dose and 4,13,874 HCWs and FLWs received the second dose of the vaccine.

So far India has reported 11.36 million cases of which 2,07,703 cases are active infections.

There are no new Covid-19 cases to report in the community today, according to the Ministry of Health.

Eight states constituted 74 per cent of the 20,53,537 doses administered in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is more than 1.81 million.

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The latest tally brought the country's total confirmed cases to 621,498, among the highest in Asia, with the reported death toll increasing by 63 to 12,829.

Meanwhile, cumulative recoveries rose to 1,09,73,260 with the national Recovery Rate reaching 96.82 per cent. The number of active cases in the country stands at almost 2 lakh 10 thousand comprising around 1.85 per cent of the total reported cases.

Eight states including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi Gujarat, Karnataka, Haryana have been facing an upward trajectory in daily new cases.

The situation in Maharashtra, which has consistently been reporting the highest number of cases in the country over the past one year, has been under scrutiny for a while with several districts imposing partial lockdowns and night curfews.

While the fourteen States/UTs have not reported any COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours.

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