India logged a record 3,49,691 new coronavirus infections in a day taking its total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,69,60,172.
Active cases crossed the 26-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.
The death toll increased to 1,92,311 with a record 2,767 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The health ministry has said that total 14.19 crore of coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered so far.
Many countries, including the UK, Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore and Iran have announced a ban on flights from India. Other than direct bans countries like the US has issued a travel advisory to all passengers flying in and out of India, asking “people to avoid travelling to India in the current situation where even fully vaccinated individuals are at risk of catching the virus.” The latest on this list to impose new restrictions is the Maldives.
All citizens over 18 can have Covid-19 vaccination from May 1 after the government made the announcement last week while it also allowed sales of vaccines to private players.
The registration process on the government's CoWIN platform begins on April 28. At present, the government-sponsored drive covers only those above 45 years at designated vaccination sites.
As of now, Covishield and Covaxin are the two vaccines that will be available. Imported, fully ready-to-use foreign vaccines like Sputnik V will also become available in the open market later.
Those between 18 and 45 will have to buy their vaccines once private sales begin or states buy stocks to vaccinate these people.
While prices for end users are yet to become clear, in central government hospitals, all vaccinations will remain free. Some states, too. have made announcements about free vaccination.