Vaccination – As many as 69% of India’s adult population has received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccination . 25% has taken both doses, the Central Government said on Thursday. The Centre also said that increased population density raises chances of Covid-19 spread after vaccination . It will be prudent to avoid non-essential travel and observe festivity at low key.
Rural and Urban percentages
It added that they have vaccinated 64.1% in rural areas and 35 per cent in urban areas.
They have vaccinated ad many as 67.4 lakh doses (approximately 0.88 pc) at vaccination centres . This was not tagged as rural/urban.
59.66 per cent of the total COVID-19 cases last week were from Kerala . Meanwhile the state has over one lakh active cases despite vaccination .
The government also stressed that the number of COVID-19 tests has not reduced. Also 15 to 16 lakh tests are being done every day in the country.
Eighteen districts are reporting weekly Covid positivity rate between five to ten per cent. 30 districts are reporting over 10 per cent weekly positivity rate, it said.
On the Zydus Cadila’s coronavirus vaccination , the Centre said that ZyCoV-D is a three-dose needle-free vaccination and it will be priced differently than jabs being used currently. Talks are being held with the manufacturer on its pricing, it said.
West Bengal’s Scenario
Meanwhile Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government on Thursday announced that the ongoing coronavirus-induced restrictions will continue in West Bengal till October 30. However, the night curfew has been eased for ten days in view of the festive season despite proactive vaccination.
“In continuation of the earlier order, restriction and relaxation measures as already in force stand extended up to October 30. In view of the ensuing festive period the said restriction relating to the movement of people and vehicles between 11 pm to 5 am is relaxed during October 10 to 20,” the order read.
However, the state government has decided not to allow local trains to run, though Metro Railway trains would continue to be operational. The order shall come into effect from October 1. Vaccination drive is still ongoing.
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