The country has so far vaccinated 1,26,71,163 healthcare and frontline workers.
The vaccination drive in India began on 16 January with inoculation of healthcare workers.
Vaccinations for frontline workers began on 2 February.
New strains in India
The union ministry of health and family affairs said on Tuesday that two new strains of the Covid-19 virus — the N440K variant and the E484Q variant have been detected in Maharashtra and Kerala.
There is no scientific evidence to suggest that these two newer virus strains are responsible for the surge in cases in some districts in these two states as well as from Telangana, Dr VK Paul, Member (Health) of the NITI Aayog had said during the weekly Covid-19 update.
Central teams to states
The central government has deputed high-level multi-disciplinary teams to states and Union Territory that have seen a surge in Covid-19 cases.
The teams have been sent to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, MP, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir.
Total testing in India
India has tested a total of 21,38,29,658 samples for Covid-19 after the outbreak in the country, the Indian Council of Medical Research said on Thursday.
Of the total, 7,93,383 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.
The country crossed the landmark 20-crore total cumulative coronavirus tests mark earlier this month on 6 February.
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