Thursday, October 21, 2021

Country still in midst of second wave of COVID-19 even though number of cases are declining: Govt

The Union Government today said that the country is still in midst of second wave of COVID-19 even though number of cases are declining. Briefing media in New Delhi this evening, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, in last 24 hours, over 31 thousand cases were reported and most of these cases were reported from Kerala and Maharashtra.

He said, however, absolute numbers have gone down. Mr Bhushan said, Kerala is the only state with over one lakh active COVID cases and 62.73 per cent of total infections reported last week were from the state. He said, 33 districts are reporting over 10 per cent weekly COVID-19 positivity and 23 are recording between five to ten per cent.

The Secretary said, for the 12th consecutive week, weekly positivity rate continues to decline and is less than three per cent. He said, the recovery rate is 97.8 per cent in the country.

On Vaccination, Mr Bhushan said, 66 per cent of the 18 plus population has received at least one dose of COVID vaccine and 23 per cent of the 18 plus population have received both the doses. He said, India has been able to achieve this due to tremendous work by some states.

The Secretary said, six States and Union Territories have covered 100 per cent of the first doses to their population. These are Lakshadweep, Chandigarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Sikkim. He assured that the doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be made available at home to differently-abled and those with restricted mobility.

Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research Dr. Balram Bhargava said, under COVID guidelines for festivals, mass gatherings to be avoided in containment zones and in districts with over five per cent positivity rate.

Member (Health) in NITI Aayog Dr. V. K. Paul said, it is an important milestone that about two third of the adult population vaccinated with one dose and almost a quarter of adult population have received both doses.

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