Herd immunity can’t be a strategic option in India due to size and population, says Health Ministry


Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that herd immunity in a country of the size and population of India can’t be a strategic option.

“It can only be achieved through immunisation. Health Ministry thinks it’s possible in future but for now, we have to follow Covid appropriate behaviour,” R Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health said during a media briefing.

Earlier in the day, as many as 52,123 fresh cases were registered within a span of 24 hours, taking the total to 1,583,792.
The death toll also rose to 34,968 from 34,193, according to data released.

There are currently 5,28,242 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country presently and the recovery rate among Covid patients was recorded at 64.44 per cent, while the fatality rate was at 2.21 per cent. Late on Wednesday, the government allowed gymnasiums and yoga institutes to function from August 5 and revoked night curfew even as all other activities banned earlier continue to remain prohibited.

Globally, 16,959,936 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus. The death toll stood at 665,581. The United States continued to remain the worst affected followed by Brazil and India.


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