India has set a new milestone with at least 50 per cent of the eligible population being inoculated with the first dose of Covid vaccine.
The country added 44,658 fresh cases over the last 24 hours while deaths from COVID-19 rose by 496.
Kerala contributed 30,077 cases in the past 24 hours to take the total number of those affected in the state by the viral infection to 39,13,506. The southern state has been reporting the most number of coronavirus cases in the country and accounts for the second-highest national tally.
Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in the country, reported 5,108 new infections and 145 fatalities in 24 hours.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya took to Twitter on Thursday to inform that 50 per cent of the eligible population is vaccinated with first dose of the vaccine. “India achieves unprecedented milestone! 50 per cent of the eligible population inoculated with the first dose of #COVID19 vaccine. Keep it up India. Let us fight Corona,” he wrote.