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New Delhi : In its collaborative fight against the COVID19 pandemic, India has scaled several peaks on March 16, 2021.  In a significant development, the total vaccination coverage in India has crossed .29 crore. On March 15, 2021, India also recorded the highest vaccinations in a day with over 3 million vaccine doses administered. The coverage of beneficiaries aged over 60 years has crossed 1 crore in just 15 days.

3,29,47,432 vaccine doses have been administered through 5,55,984 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am on March 16, 2021. They include 74,46,983 HCWs (1st dose), 44,58,616 HCWs (2nd dose), 74,74,406 FLWs (1st dose) and 14,09,332 FLWs (2nd Dose), 18,88,727 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose), and 1,02,69,368 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years.

As on Day-59 of the vaccination drive ( March 15, 2021), total 30,39,394 vaccine doses were given of which, 26,27,099 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 42,919 sessions for 1st dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 4,12,295 HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine, according to a PIB release.

Five States :Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu, continue to report a surge in the COVID daily new cases. 79.73% of the new cases were reported from these states in the past 24 hours. 24,492 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 15,051. It is followed by Punjab with 1,818 while Kerala reported 1,054 new cases.

Eight states are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases. They are : Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Haryana. Kerala is reporting a consistently declining trend over the last one month.

India’s total Active Caseload reached 2,23,432 on March 16, 2021. India’s present active caseload now stands at 1.96% of India’s total Positive Cases. Maharashtra, Kerala, and Punjab cumulatively account for 76.57% of India’s total active cases.

Total tests conducted in the country has surpassed 22.8 Cr (22,82,80,763). The cumulative national Positivity Rate currently stands at 5%.

131 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. Seven States account for 82.44%of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (48). Punjab follows with 27 daily deaths and Kerala reported 11 deaths in the last 24 hours.

SixteenStates/UTs have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours. They are :  Rajasthan, Chandigarh, J&K (UT), Odisha, Jharkhand, Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Ladakh (UT), D&D & D&N, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland, Mizoram, A&N Islands, and Arunachal Pradesh.