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Health Secretary tells N-E and hill States to step up vaccination

Our Bureau. New Delhi | Updated on September 04, 2021

India records 42,618 Covid cases, 330 deaths in a day

Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Saturday reviewed the vaccination coverage in North East and the Hill States/UTs - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand, the Health Ministry said in a release. He urged the States/UTs to quickly finish the first dose coverage among the population aged above 18 and more.

He also asked the States to focus on the 60+ age group as the coverage of both the doses in this category is unsatisfactory in Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya. The vulnerability of this age group to Covid-19 makes this exercise of prime importance.

Meanwhile, India reported 42,618 cases on Saturday with 330 cases. The daily cases are marginally lower than the previous day’s cases of 45,352. There was a spike in the active caseload by 5,903 cases to 4.05 lakh cases. Mizoram, Kerala, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh are among few States/UTs which witnessed surge in active caseload.

In addition, 36,385 patients recovered in the last 24 hours till 8:00 am, aggregating to 3,21,00,001 recoveries so far. Consequently, the country’s recovery rate stood at 97.4 per cent. Further, the weekly positivity rate stood at 2.63 per cent, less than 3 per cent for the last 71 days, and the daily positivity rate was at 2.50 per cent.

Besides this, India conducted 17.04 lakh tests during the previous day, and with this, the cumulative tests done so far stood at 52.82 crore.

Meanwhile, the Government informed Saturday that more than 66.07crore vaccine doses have been provided to the States/UTs so far through the Government’s free of cost channel and the direct state procurement category. Further, more than 85 lakh doses are in the pipeline.

Also, more than 4.49 crore vaccine doses are available with the States/UTs to be administered.

Published on September 04, 2021

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