The country on Saturday crossed another milestone with the total number of doses administered crossing the 40 crore mark.
A total of 40,49,31,715 shots have been given out so far since the inoculation drive began on 16 January. Out of these, 51,01,567 anti-Covid jabs were administered in the last 24 hours.
Eight states -- Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra -- have administered the first dose of the vaccine to more than 50 lakh beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group each.
Also, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Uttarakhand and West Bengal have vaccinated more than 10 lakh people in the 18-44 age group each with at least the first dose.
Long Covid cases
The manifestation of post-Covid-19 complications in a number of patients is four-fold higher in the second wave as compared to the first wave, a study by Apollo Hospitals has revealed.
Referred to as long Covid cases, these are instances where a patient has suffered from Covid-related complications for a long duration.
The Delta variant, which is said to be behind the surge this year, resulted in "newer symptoms like high-grade fever, diarrhoea, severe lung infection followed by long Covid syndrome and post-Covid complications like falling oxygen levels and lung fibrosis that manifested even after eight weeks or more of testing positive," the study says.
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