Hours after Tamil Nadu government made the announcement on free vaccine, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also assured free Covid-19 vaccine for everyone in Madhya Pradesh as soon as a vaccine is made available.
“Corona vaccine preparation work is going on fast in India, as soon as the vaccine is ready, it will be made available to every citizen of Madhya Pradesh for free,” the CM wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Bihar deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi tested positive for Covid-19. Modi has been, over the past few days, campaigning for the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections.
The country today reported 55,838 coronavirus cases and 702 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am. With this, the total number of infections rose to 77,06,946 while the fatalities surged to 1,16,616. Active cases of COVID-19 in India have remained below 10 per cent of the total caseload for the last three days suggesting that only 1 in 10 cases are active coronavirus patients, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.
The daily positivity rate has also been maintained at less than 5 per cent over the past three days. “There are 7,15,812 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 9.29 per cent of the total caseload,” the data stated. As many as 68,74,518 people have been recovered with 79,415 new discharges in the last hours.
In other news, India has allowed all foreign nationals as well as all OCI and PIO cardholders to travel to India via air or sea. All such persons are now allowed to travel to India for any purpose, except tourism. The MHA stated that all existing visas, barring electronic visa, Tourist Visa and Medical Visa, are being restored with an immediate effect.