Second wave of coronavirus not yet over in India, says health ministry

Second coronavirus wave is not yet over in India as there are still 75 districts with more than 10 per cent prevalence of virus, 92 districts with 5-10 per cent prevalence, the government said on Friday.

Addressing a briefing on the coronavirus situation in the country, health ministry officials said around 48 Delta plus variant cases were detected from 45,000 samples sequenced so far in India. Maharashtra has the highest number of cases at 20.

“Proportion of coronavirus cases with variants of concern have risen from 10.31 per cent in May, 2021 to 51 per cent on June 20, 2021,” officials further said.

“90 per cent of cases in India are being driven by B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant,” the said.

The government said that both 19 vaccines — Covishield Covaxin — work against variants of the SARS-CoV-2 — Alpha, Beta, Gamma Delta.

When it came to the Delta plus variant, the government said that laboratory testing is going on to determine the vaccine efficacy.

On the issue of vaccinating children, ICMR chief Balram Bhargava said that more data is needed before moving to inoculate kids.

There is only one country that is giving vaccine to children at the moment. Whether very small children will ever need vaccine, is still a question. Till such time, we have more data on vaccination of children, we won’t be in a position to vaccinate them at large, he said.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information commentary on developments that are of interest to you have wider political economic implications for the country the world. Your encouragement constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed updated with credible news, authoritative views incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better more relevant content. We believe in free, fair credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Source link