New Delhi, Feb 25, 2021: With 16,738 fresh cases, India’s COVID-19 tally has climbed to 1,10,46,914, while the number of recoveries has surged to 1,07,38,501, the Union health ministry said on Thursday.
The death count due to the viral disease has gone up to 1,56,705 in the country with 138 more fatalities reported in a 24-hour period, the ministry’s data updated at 8 am showed.
Meanwhile, the government has asked states to speed up vaccinations for healthcare and frontline workers. From March 1, India will start vaccinating people above 60 and those older than 45 with health conditions free of charge in about 10,000 government hospitals and for a fee in more than 20,000 private facilities, the government said.
Nearly a month after the health minister declared that COVID-19 had been contained, states such as Maharashtra and Kerala have reported a spike in cases amid growing reluctance to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
India’s infections are the second highest in the world at 11.03 million, swelled by a further 13,742 in the past 24 hours, health ministry data showed. Deaths rose by a two-week high of 104 to 156,567.