New Delhi: India’s Covid-19 tally reached past 15.3 million-mark with 259,170 fresh cases in last 24 hours. The country also reported 1,761 fatalities, the biggest daily spike, in the same time, according to the latest figures released by the Union ministry of health and family welfare on Tuesday morning. = With the new additions, the overall infections and casualties tally have climbed to 1,53,21,089, and 1,80,530 respectively.
This is the sixth consecutive day that the daily infection in the country has surpassed 200,000, however, the number has seen slight dip from Monday, when 273,810 fresh cases were reported. India on Sunday recorded 2,61,500 new cases, 2,34,692 cases on Saturday, 2,00,739 and 2,17,353 cases on Thursday and Friday respectively.
A total of 1,54,761 patients recovered in the same time span, taking the number of recoveries to 1,31,08,582 with a recovery rate of 85.65 per cent.
The Health Ministry said that a total of 15,19,486 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 26,94,14,035 samples have been tested in the country.
According to the government data, a total of 32,76,555 people were also vaccinated in the same period, taking the total inoculation count to 12,71,29,113.
The Union Government on Monday announced that everyone above the age of 18 will be eligible to get a vaccine against Covid-19 from May 1. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"The Government has been working hard for over a year to ensure that maximum numbers of Indians are able to get the vaccine in the shortest possible time. India is vaccinating people at world record pace and we will continue this with even greater momentum," PM Modi said.