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Full vaccination prerequisite to attend mass gatherings, India hasn't seen end of COVID second wave: Govt

With the festive season nearing, the Union Health Ministry official said that people should celebrate festivals at home and embrace vaccination.

Full vaccination prerequisite to attend mass gatherings, India hasn't seen end of COVID second wave: Govt-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Sep 2, 2021, 5:40 PM IST
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Addressing a press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on Thursday that India is yet to see an end of second Covid-19, adding that Covid-appropriate behaviour has to be followed during festivals.

With the festive season nearing, the Union Health Ministry official said that people should celebrate festivals at home and embrace vaccination. He also said that other Covid protocols need to be maintained even after vaccination even though the weekly positivity rate was showing an overall declining trend.

“Mass gatherings have to be discouraged. Full vaccination should be a prerequisite if attending a gathering is essential,” the Health Secretary said addressing the press conference.

The Union health ministry also informed that 39 districts in the country reported over 10% weekly Covid positivity rate in the week ending August 31 while in 38 districts it was between 5 and 10%, according to the Centre’s data.

Also read: Coronavirus: India reports highest daily cases in two months with 47,092 new COVID infections

Meanwhile, 16% of India's adult population have received both the doses of Covid-19 vaccine; 54% have been administered at least the first dose.

Bhushan also stated that Sikkim, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Himachal Pradesh have administered the first dose of coronavirus vaccination to 100% of their 18 plus population.

Meanwhile, India on Thursday logged 47,092 new Covid-19 cases, the biggest single-day rise in two months, pushing the total tally to 32,857,937. While 509 fatalities took the death toll in the country to 4,39,529, according to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry.

So far, 66,30,37,334 vaccine doses have been administered including 81,09,244 in the last 24 hours, under the nationwide vaccination drive.

NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona 

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