Around 90 percent of the armed forces personnel have been given both doses of COVID-19 vaccine so far, sources said on Thursday. They added that 97 percent of approximately 16 lakh armed forces personnel have got a single dose of the vaccine.
On March 22, the Centre informed the Parliament that 119 armed force personnel had died of COVID-19 while 44,766 had contracted the infection in the three services. Sources said on Thursday that the figures have increased to 140 deaths and about 52,000 illnesses.
India has been badly hit by the second wave of coronavirus infections, and hospitals in several states are reeling under a shortage of vaccines, oxygen, drugs, equipment, and beds.
With 2,76,110 new coronavirus infections reported in a day, India’s tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 2,57,72,440. At the same time, the daily deaths were recorded below 4,000 after four days, taking the toll to 2,87,122, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. A total of 3,874 fatalities due to COVID-19 were registered in a span of 24 hours.