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Government links district unblocking with low positivity rate and high vaccine coverage | India News

NEW DELHI: Even as Covid-19 cases are declining and fewer infections are likely in June, unlocking should be gradual and patient, accompanied by an increase in vaccination, the government said, setting guidelines that aim to maintain sickness in check.
The Center suggested that for sustained district opening, case reduction and testing should be complemented by three goals: an average seven-day test positivity of less than 5%, more than 70% vaccination coverage among the elderly. and older than 45 years with comorbidities. and community ownership of appropriate Covid-19 care and behavior.
“We are moving in the right direction due to testing and containment at the district level. However, this is not a sustainable solution. We have to find a mechanism to facilitate our containment and confinement, and that needs to be done very gradually and very slowly, ”said the Director General of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), Dr. Balram Bhargava. Officials stressed that India has adequate capacity to increase vaccination in the coming months.
Measures such as testing, contact tracing, creating micro-containment zones and community response in terms of mask use, physical distancing and treatment support should be seamlessly maintained, they said.
“From what we know of the possible scenarios presented by eminent people, we know that this (Covid-19 cases) will decrease. June will be much better, stabilized, but the concerns are when we open up how we behave because the virus has not disappeared ”, said Dr. VK Paul, member of Niti Aayog (health).
“Unlocking has to be done with great patience, guided by the vaccination that has been done for vulnerable groups … Be patient. In mid-July or early August, we will have more than enough doses to vaccinate up to a million people a day. Our goal is to cover the entire population by December and we should be able to do that, ”said Bhargava.
India has currently administered a total of 21.83 crore doses as of Tuesday at 7pm. This includes more than 17 million people who receive at least one dose of the vaccine, while 4.36 million people have been covered with both doses of anti-Covid injections. With increased vaccine production projected for the coming months, the government is planning a major increase in the vaccination campaign after July.
The government also warned that, in the absence of adequate measures, the virus may strike back again with the opening and lifting of the intense restrictions that were imposed in the wake of the increase in Covid-19 cases during the second wave. “With great difficulty and sacrifices, we have managed to break the curve of the pandemic. This situation is so because we have suppressed the virus. This has not happened automatically. To think that we will go back to the previous phase and things will continue like this is not true, ”said Dr. Paul.
Daily Covid-19 cases have dropped significantly after hitting a high of more than 4.14 lakh of cases on May 6. On Monday, around 1.27 lakh of new cases were recorded across the country, while the number of active cases now stands at around 19 lakh of cases.

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