India has reported 12,689 new cases of Covid-19; tally nears 10.69 million

India has reported 12,689 new cases of Covid-19 in the previous 24 hours, as the national tally rose to 10,689,527, the Union health ministry’s dashboard showed on Wednesday. This latest daily count was more than 3,500 infections higher than the previous count, during which 9,102 cases were reported by the health ministry. The previous day’s spike was India’s lowest daily count in more than seven months; on June 3, the country had recorded 8,909 new Covid-19 cases.

Currently, India is conducting the world’s largest vaccination drive against Covid-19, administering shots of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine, Covishield, and Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech International Limited’s Covaxin. India has also sent vaccines to its neighboring countries, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Maldives, etc. Serum Institute of India (SII) which is situated in Pune is manufacturing Covishield here, while Covaxin is the country’s first indigenous vaccine against the Covid-19 disease.

In the first phase of vaccination, which began on January 16, healthcare workers are being inoculated. The government aims to vaccinate about 30 million healthcare workers. More than 2 million have received shots till now. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to get a shot in the second phase in which 270 million people also, including senior citizens, will be vaccinated.

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