New Delhi: With festive season round the corner, the Union Health Ministry on Thursday sounded alert, urging people to follow the Covid guidelines issued by the government and avoid mass gathering in containment zones and in districts with over 5 percent positivity rate. While addressing the media, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan also informed that six states/ Union Territories namely Lakshadweep, Chandigarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Sikkim have covered 100 percent of the first doses to their population.Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Lifts Night Curfew Across The State From Today As COVID Cases Decline | Details Here 

He further added that four states/UTs have more than 90 percent coverage of first dose – these are Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Kerala, Ladakh and Uttarakhand. “66% of the 18+ population has received at least one dose of COVID vaccines; 23% of the 18+ population received both doses. We have been able to achieve this due to tremendous work by some states,” Rajesh Bhushan said. Also Read - Breaking: Russia Announces Week-Long Paid Holiday From October 30 To Curb Covid Infections

Here are some of the important takeaways from Health Ministry’s Briefing: 

  1. In last 24 hours, 31,000 cases odd cases have been reported and most of these cases have been reported from Kerala & Maharashtra.
  2. 62.73% of the total cases in the last week have been reported from Kerala.
  3. For the 12th consecutive week, weekly positivity rate continues to decline and is less than 3%. Recovery rate 97.8% in the country
  4. 66% of the 18+ population has received at least one dose of COVID vaccines; 23% of the 18+ population received both doses.
  5. Four states/UTs have more than 90% coverage of first dose – these are Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Kerala, Ladakh and Uttarakhand
  6. Six states/UTs have covered 100% of the first doses to their population. These are Lakshadweep, Chandigarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Sikkim
  7. About 2/3rd of the adult population vaccinated with one dose- 66% of 18+ age group received at least one dose, almost a quarter of adult population have received both doses

“In last 24 hours, 31,000 cases odd cases have been reported and most of these cases have been reported from Kerala & Maharashtra. However, absolute numbers have gone down. 62.73% of the total cases in the last week have been reported from Kerala.” he further informed. Also Read - You Can Buy Digital Gold at Re 1 During Diwali, Dhanteras: 5 Things to Know Before Purchase

What can be termed as a huge relief, India has been witnessing a continuous decline in the positivity rate for the last 12 weeks. According to the health ministry the recovery rate is now stands at 97.8%.

“I am pleased to inform that an advisory has been issued to make arrangements for ‘vaccination at home’ for those who have disabilities or are differently challenged, in line with COVID SOPs,” Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, NITI Aayog said.