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India has vaccinated round 1.19 crore individuals to date (File)

New Delhi:

The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday wrote to 5 states which have reported a every day surge in new coronavirus instances and requested them to expedite vaccination of healthcare employees and frontline employees in districts which have recorded the most important spikes in recent infections.

“… confer immunity in shortest possible time frame to healthcare and frontline workers, as they are also involved in containment, surveillance and management of COVID-19 cases,” mentioned the letter that was despatched to Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, J&Ok and Chhattisgarh.

In Maharashtra (the worst-affected state), vaccinations are to be fast-tracked in six districts – Pune, Nagpur, Mumbai (and suburban areas), Amravati, Thane and Akola.

In Madhya Pradesh, Indore, Bhopal and Betul districts have been recognized.

In Punjab these are SBS Nagar, Kapurthala and Sri Muktsar Sahib.

In the Union Territory of J&Ok it’s Pulwama and in Chhattisgarh it’s Rajnandgaon.

India started its nationwide vaccination drive on January 16, with the goal of vaccinating three crore healthcare employees and frontline employees within the first part.

However, so far solely round 1.19 crore individuals have been vaccinated.

The second stage of vaccination – through which 27 crore individuals over the age of fifty (and people below however with co-morbidities) – will get the pictures in mid-march, the centre has mentioned.

Earlier at present Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan took half in a gathering on the Prime Minister’s Office to evaluation the Covid state of affairs within the nation. 

The assembly passed off amid the backdrop of each rising instances and amid concern over mutated strains which are circulating within the nation.

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Last week a member of Maharashtra’s Covid Task Force, informed NDTV that 240 new strains had emerged throughout India, and steered that these might be the explanation for the spike in instances.

However, the centre at present mentioned it was too quickly to attach these dots. 

Dr VK Paul, member of presidency think-tank NITI Aayog mentioned that “to relate occurrence of virus mutation to change in disease pattern, other epidemiological information” is important.

Union Health Ministry sources mentioned this morning that between 800 and 900 samples – from Maharashtra and Kerala – had been sent for genome sequencing in the past month.

Samples for genome sequencing – to know the whole genetics of the virus – have additionally been sought from Punjab and Bengaluru, the place, prior to now few days alone, two residence complexes have been declared “containment zones” and sealed.

So far genome sequencing of almost 6,000 samples have been accomplished.

While authorities are nonetheless undecided what number of of those new instances (if any, in any respect) are from the brand new mutated strains of the virus, authorities officers have admitted India’s genome sequencing has been beneath the mark to date, and that this wants to alter within the coming weeks.

Last week the centre additionally warned the aforementioned states that they must continue to practice Covid-appropriate behaviour, together with the usage of face masks and social distancing in public.

India has, to date, reported 187 instances of the UK pressure of the virus. The South African pressure has been detected in six individuals and the Brazil variant in a single.

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