India reported 401,993 new cases of the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours – the first time the country has reported more than 400,000 cases in a single day.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country has surpassed 19 million since the pandemic began, according to today’s data, marking the 10th consecutive day that more than 300,000 cases have been reported each day, according to the Indian Health Ministry.
India also reported another 3,523 deaths, bringing the total to 211,853. This is the fourth consecutive day with more than 3,000 deaths.
Vaccination continues. As of last night local time, 154,854,096 doses of vaccine had been administered. A second dose has been given to 27,889,889 people, representing 2.1 percent of India’s population of 1.3 billion, the health ministry said in a press release.
India began the vaccination campaign on Jan. 16, and as of today has expanded the program to all persons over the age of 18. However, a number of states are warning that they have no vaccinations available.
With hospitals running short of beds and Indian authorities reporting more than 300,000 cases of the coronavirus every day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last month that he would expand the vaccination program to include health workers and the country’s most vulnerable populations in an effort to deal with the spiraling crisis caused by COVID-19.
According to a special government website, CoWIN, nearly 13.3 million people applied for vaccinations on the first day registration opened.
However, in anticipation of the program’s expansion, many states have reported vaccine shortages.