NEW DELHI: The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that at least 97% of the population in the country are satisfied with the overall Covid-19 vaccination experience.
During a press briefing, the Health Ministry officials also said that India was the fastest country in the world to reach 6 million vaccination doses of coronavirus in 24 days.
The Union Ministry informed that Covid-19 cases in the country are exhibiting a downward trend, with low numbers of daily cases and an increasing number of recoveries. The average daily death tally to has manifested a decline of 55 per cent in the last 30 days. Average daily deaths have reduced to 96 in the second week of February from 211 in the second week of January.
The Ministry also informed that in the last 24 hours 9,110 cases and 14,016 discharges were reported.
The total active cases have also dropped to 1.43 lakh which now comprises 1.32% of the country's total infections. The overall number of cases in the country has reached 1,08,47,304 with 1,05,48,521 discharges.
The death tally now stands at 1,55,158 with the loss of 78 lives in the past 24 hours.
Around 62,59,008 coronavirus vaccinations have been administered in the country so far.
Seven states and Union Territories- Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Mizoram, Nagaland and Lakshadweep- have reported no new COVID-19 deaths in the last three weeks, while 15 have not registered any deaths in the past 24 hours.
The Union Health Ministry, however, noted that according to the latest national serosurvey findings, over 70% of the population is still at risk to the disease.
Commenting on the adverse events of coronavirus vaccination Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that the national level committee on the Adverse event following immunization (AEFI) held its first meeting on 5 January and discussed the eight AEFI cases.
Mr Bhushan also mentioned that some of the states have performed well but other states need to work on their vaccination coverage.
Meanwhile, the government has issued advisories and asked people not to travel to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait via the UAE, in view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the region.