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Government notes 68% drop in daily cases, says India has to buy time to ensure high vaccination coverage | India News


NEW DELHI: Speaking about the current Covid-19 situation in the country, Lav Agrawal, deputy secretary of the Union Ministry of Health, said on Friday that there has been a continuous decrease in the number of districts reporting more than 100 new cases daily average plus a steady increase in recovery rate.
“If we look at the data compared to May 7, the highest reported peak, we are currently seeing a 68% decrease in daily cases. Additionally, 66% of new cases are reported in five states, while the the rest comes from 31 states or territories of the Union. This indicates that we are able to control the virus locally, “he said.
Agarwal said that 257 districts are reporting more than 100 new cases daily, while the current recovery rate is 93.1%. Up to 377 districts are currently reporting less than 5% positive cases, he added.
However, the health ministry said that if containment measures, appropriate Covid behavior or the rate of vaccination decrease, the number of cases may increase again.
Meanwhile, NITI Aayog Health Fellow Dr VK Paul said that the number of people who have received at least one dose of vaccine in India is 17.2 million rupees. “We have surpassed the United States in terms of the number of people in our country who have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine,” he said.
India has to buy time to ensure high vaccination coverage against Covid-19, the Ministry of Health also said. He pointed out that around 43% of the population over 60 years of age has been vaccinated, while so far 37% of people over 45 have been vaccinated.
Speaking about the recognition of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech, the government said that the data exchange is underway with the World Health Organization, adding that India has been chasing it and wants to achieve the milestone as soon as possible.

Times of India