Union Government today said that the country’s present COVID-19 active caseload now consists of just 1.51 per cent of total positive cases and recovery rate is more than 97 per cent. Briefing media in New Delhi, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, only two states with more than 40 thousand cases contribute 75 per cent. He said, there has been a marginal increase in daily new cases in the last two weeks. The Health Secretary said, government has deputed Central teams to Tamil Nadu and Punjab and is monitoring the situation in Haryana.
On vaccination, Mr Bhushan said, more than 1.48 crores doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered till 1 p.m. today. He said, out of this, over 2.08 lakh doses have been given to people who are 45 to 59 years of age with comorbidities and people with above 60 years of age. The Health Secretary said, nine States and UTs have given second dose to more than 75 per cent of eligible health care workers.
Replying to a media question, the Health Secretary said, the Centre has asked for a report from the Karnataka Government on the matter of a Minister calling vaccinators to his home for vaccination.
Chairman, Empowered Group on COVID Vaccination, R.S. Sharma said, since yesterday, 50 lakh registrations have been done on CoWIN portal for COVID-19 vaccination. On technical glitches, Mr Sharma said, people should register themselves only on CoWIN portal and not on any app.
Member (Health) in NITI Aayog Dr V. K. Paul said, with the launch of the vaccination for third prioritised groups the vaccination coverage has become more wide which will help in breaking the chain of transmission of infection. He urged people to take both doses compulsorily at the scheduled time as without the second dose the whole vaccination process will not be complete. In view of surge in cases in certain states, Dr Paul advised people to avoid gatherings and follow COVID Appropriate Behaviour.