New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) The Minority Affairs Ministry will be launching an awareness campaign 'Jaan Hai To Jahaan Hai' in rural and remote areas to dispel rumours against the ongoing Covid vaccination drive in the country.Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the campaign will be launched on June 21 to create awareness on Covid vaccination programme in rural and remote areas of the country and to "crush and curb" the rumours and apprehensions, being spread by some vested interests regarding the ongoing drive.The campaign will be launched by the Ministry of Minority Affairs along with various Socio-Educational Organisations, NGOs and Women Self Help Groups (SGHs)."The nationwide awareness campaign will be launched from the minority concentrated district of Rampur in Uttar Pradesh and will also be organised in different parts of the country," Naqvi said.Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid in Delhi Dr Mufti Mukarram Ahmad, Jain Guru Acharya Lokesh Muni, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee President Manjinder Singh Sirsa, Ajmer Sharif Dargah Sajjadanashin Syed Zainul Abedin are few prominent religious leaders who joined the campaign along with personalities from film, television and other fields to create awareness on the Covid vaccination drive."Some vested interests are trying to spread rumours and apprehensions regarding Covid vaccines in some areas of the country. Such elements are enemies of the health and well-being of the people.Two 'Made in India' Covid vaccines are the result of the hard work of our scientists and it has been proved scientifically that these vaccines are absolutely safe and effective weapons in the fight against Corona," Naqvi said.According to the Minister, State Haj Committees, Waqf Boards, their associated organisations, Central Waqf Council, Maulana Azad Education Foundation, various social and educational institutions, NGOs, Women Self Help Groups, working under aNai Roshni' scheme of the Minority Affairs Ministry, will be part of the awareness campaign 'Jaan Hai To Jahaan Hai'.--IANSssb/sdr/
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) India reported 1.82 lakh recoveries from Covid in the last 24 hours with the recovery rate continuing to improve significantly, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.At a press conference on the current situation, the ministry said along with new cases, daily positivity rate and active cases, India has witnessed tremendous improvement in recoveries as well.The recovery rate, since last 26 days, has been improving in the country, and as of now, the number of people recovering daily are almost double compared to the cases being daily reported in different districts in the country, Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agarwal, said.In the last 24 hours, six states have reported more than 10,000 recoveries, he said.According to the ministry, on May 3, the overall recovery rate was at 81.8 per cent, and on May 18, it rose to 85.6 per cent. "On May 27, India's recovery rates crossed 90 per cent benchmark, which was the great sign. As of today, the recovery rate is at 94.3 per cent," Agarwal said.--IANSpd/vd
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) India has witnessed a decline in daily Covid cases by up to 85 per cent since the highest daily tally was registered on May 7, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday."We are witnessing a continued reduction in daily cases after 75 days which indicates an overall decline in infection rate," Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agarwal, said.In the last 24 hours, India reported 86,490 new cases, while on May 7, daily cases were at 4.14 lakh, but had come down to 2.67 lakh on May 19 and dropped below the 2 lakh mark subsequently."Observing the decline of Covid cases per day, we have analysed that India has witnessed around 85 per cent reduction in daily cases, which is a big development for all of us but we have to continue work on strict Covid behaviour," Agarwal added.According to the Health Ministry, daily Covid positivity rate has declined by 33 per cent.Agarwal also said that the country is seeing a sharp decline in active cases in the last few days, amounting to around 65 per cent. On May 10, active cases were at an average of 37.45 lakh, but now have reduced to less than 10 lakh, which account for 2.9 per cent of total cases.Cumulative recovery rate has now reached 95.6 per cent, with recoveries outnumbering infections in all states, he said.As many as 366 districts across the country have reported a marked decline in cases over the past weeks, while there are 20 states and UTs where active Covid cases are less than 5,000.--IANSpd/vd
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) There has been sharp decline in both new and active Covid-19 cases across India for the last few days, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.Addressing a digital press conference on current situation, Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agarwal said that in the 24 hours, India has reported 86,490 new cases, while on May 7, daily cases were at 4.14 lakh, but had come down to 2.67 lakh on May 19 and had come down below the 2 lakh mark."Observing the decline of Covid cases per day, we have analysed that India has witnssed around 79 per cent reduction in daily cases, which is a big development for all of us but, we have to continue work on strict Covid behaviour," he said.According to the Health Ministry, the daily Covid positivity rate has declined by 33 per cent.India has also witnessed a sharp decline in active cases in the last few days. As per the ministry, active cases, as on May 10, were reported at an average of 37.45 lakh, but now have reduced to 13 lakh, or a dip of around 65 per cent.--IANSpd/vd
New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) India's Covid cases continued to witness decline as it recorded 70,421 new Covid cases, lowest since March 31 and 3,921 deaths due to the virus in the last 24 hours, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Monday.
This is the seventh consecutive day when India has reported less than one lakh Covid cases.
On June 13, India recorded 80,834 cases.
India's overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,95,10,410. The active cases have come down below 10 lakh. The country has 9,73,158 active cases presently and has witnessed 3,74,305 deaths so far.
According to the Health Ministry, a total of 1,19,501 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total discharge to 2,81,62,947 till date.
The Health Ministry said that a total of 25,48,49,301 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 14,99,771 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 37,96,24,626 samples have been tested up to June 13 for Covid-19. Of these 14,92,152 samples were tested on Sunday.
New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) After the Prime Minister announced free vaccination, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued a fresh order for 25 crore doses of Covishield and 19 crore doses of Covaxin.These 44 crore (25+19 cr) doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be available till December 2021, starting now."Additionally, 30% of the advance for procurement of both the Covid vaccines has been released to Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech," said a statement from the ministry.With the aim to further universalize the countrywide vaccination drive, all citizens above 18 years of age can receive the COVID-19 vaccine doses free of cost at government health facilities from June 21.In the immediate follow-up of the Prime Minister's announcement of these changes in the Guidelines of National COVID Vaccination programme on Monday, the Union Health Ministry has placed an order with Serum Institute of India for 25 crore doses of Covishield and with Bharat Biotech for 19 crore doses of Covaxin.The Government of India has been supporting the efforts of the States and UTs for an effective vaccination drive under the 'Whole of Government' approach since January 16 this year. Based on the various representations received by the Union Government, the vaccination for all adults above 18 years of age was opened with the onset of Liberalized Phase III of India's vaccination strategy on May 1, 2021.--IANSmiz/bg