The surging corona cases in the country is really a matter of concern as India has recorded its highest-ever single-day spike of COVID-19 cases with over 2.61 lakh new cases and more than 1,500 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry on Sunday.
With this, the total number of cases has gone up to 1,47,88,109. The active number of cases in the country stands at 18,01,316. In the last 24 hours, 1,38,423 people recovered from the disease. The total recoveries reached 1,28,09,643.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 15,66,394 samples were tested on Saturday and as many as 26,65,38,416 samples have been tested across the country till April 17.
Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 12,26,22,590 till today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked officials on Saturday to use the pharmaceutical industry to meet the demand for medicines, especially Remdesivir. He chaired a meeting with senior civil servants from various ministries to review the Covid-19 situation and vaccination drive.
The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) approved the use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus in the country on April 12. Now, India has three vaccines Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V for its vaccination programme against COVID-19.