The ministry also termed as “incomplete” and of “limited understanding” media reports which stated that 488 deaths between January 16 and June 7 following vaccination were linked to post-Covid complications, and highlighted that the vaccination coverage during this period was 23.5 crore, PTI reported.
In a press briefing, officials said that an 85 per cent decline in daily Covid-19 cases has been noted since the highest reported peak on May 7. “We are witnessing this situation after 75 days, thus indicating an overall decline in infection rate,” Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry said during a briefing on the Covid-19 situation.
India on Tuesday reported 60,471 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest in 75 days, and 2,726 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stand at 2,95,70,881 while the death toll has reached 3,77,031. There are 9,13,378 active cases at present while 2,82,80,472 people have recovered so far. As many as 25,90,44,072 people have been vaccinated, the health ministry said.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) India LIVE updates: India records 60,471 new cases, 2,726 deaths in last 24 hours, states ramp up infra, boost vaccination to tackle third wave; less than 0.5 per cent sign up for vaccines via rural centres; Centre and states explore drone route to deliver vaccines in difficult terrains. Follow this space for the latest updates.
With the focus moving to delivering vaccines in difficult to reach areas, the Centre and state governments are taking the drone route to get to such terrains. On one hand, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has sought bids from drone operators to supply medicines and vaccines; on the other, the Telangana government has launched a project to check delivery feasibility of medical supplies. Companies with logistics experience including Flipkart and Dunzo have announced their consortia under Telangana’s drone delivery scheme to develop and execute drone deliveries there.
As per ICMR’s June 11 tender document, floated by HLL Infra Tech Services on its behalf, the aim is to develop a “feasible” model for vaccine delivery to ensure last-mile coverage of “difficult” terrains in “selected” locations. It was floated using the preliminary results of a “successfully” conducted feasibility study with IIT-Kanpur to deliver vaccines using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
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