Coronavirus pandemic live news update: The Centre Thursday said 66 per cent of the country’s adult population has been given at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, while 23 per cent has received both the jabs. Addressing the media, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said 63.7 per cent doses have been administered in rural areas while 35.4 per cent vaccine doses has been administered in urban areas. A total of 68.2 lakh doses (approximately 0.95 per cent) has been administered at vaccination centres not marked as rural or urban, he said.
The government on Thursday announced that differently-abled people and those with restricted mobility will be administered Covid vaccine doses at their homes. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Union Health Ministry officials also said the country is still in the middle of the coronavirus second wave even though the number of daily new cases are declining.
They however added that 62.73% of total infections recorded last week were from Kerala alone, which is also the only state with more than 1 lakh active cases.
India on Wednesday logged 31,923 new Covid-19 infections out of which Kerala reported 19,675. There are about 3.01 lakh active cases in the country and Kerala has over 1.61 lakh active infections. Also, as many as 282 deaths in the last 24 hours took the total number of fatalities in the country to 4.46 lakh.