Coronavirus India Highlights: The Centre on Tuesday directed states to utilise full capacity of private hospitals to operate as vaccination sites, as India entered Day 2 of the second phase of the inoculation drive today. All private hospitals that are not empanelled under the Central government schemes are now permitted to operate as vaccination sites.
More than 1.48 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered till 1 pm today since the second phase of the inoculation drive kickstarted Monday, the government informed. Out of this, 2,08,791 people are above the age of 60 or are aged between 45-60 with comorbidities. Also, the government has received 50 lakh registrations on CoWIN for COVID-19 vaccination so far.
Addressing a press briefing, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan further said that although certain states in the country have seen a surge in the number of active cases, the recovered cases are more than 97 per cent and the active cases are still less than 2 per cent. He added that the COVID-19 pandemic is close to being under control with India’s overall case positivity at 5.11 per cent. “According to the World Health Organisation, if 140 tests per million are being conducted per day and the case positivity rate is at 5 per cent or below, it means the COVID-19 pandemic is under control. We are very close to that mark at 5.11 per cent overall case positivity”.
Meanwhile, India’s Covid-19 tally surpassed 1.12 crore on Tuesday with 12,286 new infections. More than half of these, or 6,397 cases, were detected in Maharashtra. Kerala reported 1,938 cases. At least 97 deaths were reported on Monday, taking the toll in the country to over 1.57 lakh. Apart from Maharashtra and Kerala, the other states reporting an uptick in daily cases are Punjab, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh.