India reports highest surge in coronavirus cases since September 19
New Delhi : India on Saturday registered its biggest single-day surge in the number of new coronavirus cases since September 19. More than 93,000 new COVID-19 infections have been officially registered in last 24 hours.
513 deaths due to coronavirus have been registered in the same duration of time.
With this, India's total tally of coronavirus cases stands at 1.24 crores in total, out of which 1.64 lakh people have lost their lives till date.
The number has been spiking even after huge vaccination drive is happening in the nation. From April 1, the government has allowed all people above the age of 45 to get vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the government has now ended registration of healthcare workers to ensure more vaccine availability for people above 45 years.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Saturday announced that those who are above 45 years and wish to get vaccinated must register through CoWIN website and asked states and Union Territories to ensure quick vaccination of healthcare and frontline medical workers who have already registered.
The vaccination in India began in January; health workers and doctors were among the first ones to get the priority during vaccination.
"All efforts have been made in close collaboration with states/UTs to saturate vaccination for HCWs and FLWs. While tracking the progress, the timeline for completing vaccination of all HCWs and FLWs with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine has been extended multiple times and was elapsed since these timelines and even after starting vaccination of population above 60 years, provision was made to register and vaccinate HCWs and FLWs with a view to ensure optimum coverage," the Health Secretary said in the letter, referring to healthcare workers (HCW) and frontline medical workers (FLW).