Saturday, October 23, 2021

‘Please watch your Oct, Nov, Dec’, govt warns people of Covid surge in festive season

“Please watch your October, November and December,” a senior Health Ministry official warned people on Thursday about the threat of COVID-19 resurgence during the coming festival and wedding season, and advised them to avoid crowded places and celebrate festivals virtually.

Asserting repeatedly that the second wave of the pandemic is not over, the government said that though the situation is plateauing, the country is still reporting as high as 20,000-odd new infections every day.

“We cannot take the current stable situation for granted. We have to be mindful of the fact that the pandemic is going on and can take an untoward turn if we are not careful,” an official said at a joint media briefing.

He advised people to avoid crowded places and unnecessary travel and to stay home, celebrate festivals virtually and explore online modes of shopping.

MUST READ  Australia cuts direct flights from India after mass covid outbreak

The government said that Kerala recorded 50 per cent of the total coronavirus cases in the country last week.

Kerala has over over lakh active cases currently and the figure in four other states is ranging between 10,000 and 50,000.

Thirty-four districts across nine states and union territories are reporting a weekly positivity rate of more than 10 per cent, according to the government.

The government said 71 per cent of India’s adult population have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 27 per cent have got both doses.

It said 4.86 oxygen-supported beds and 1.35 lakh ICU beds are available. “We are prepared to face a daily surge of 4.5-5 lakh COVID-19 cases,” an official said.

With 22,431 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,38,94,312, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data updated on Thursday.

Latest news

$25m community sport boost; NSW stresses on need to get global students back

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced a $25m boost for community sport - and said he wants students to be brought back to the...

Eddie Obeid ordered to go to jail tomorrow morning to begin 7-yr sentence

Disgraced former Labor minister and convicted criminal Eddie Obeid has been ordered to go to prison to begin his sentence after being jailed over...

Postponed Eng vs India 5th Test will be held in July 2022, says ECB

The fifth Test match between England and India, which was earlier called off due to a Covid outbreak in the Indian camp, will now be played in July...

Actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shoots and kills cinematographer on film set

Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer and wounded a director when he discharged a prop gun on a movie set in New...

Related news

$25m community sport boost; NSW stresses on need to get global students back

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced a $25m boost for community sport - and said he wants students to be brought back to the...
MUST READ  Total ban on crackers in Delhi by NGT, Haryana govt allows their sale

Eddie Obeid ordered to go to jail tomorrow morning to begin 7-yr sentence

Disgraced former Labor minister and convicted criminal Eddie Obeid has been ordered to go to prison to begin his sentence after being jailed over...

Postponed Eng vs India 5th Test will be held in July 2022, says ECB

The fifth Test match between England and India, which was earlier called off due to a Covid outbreak in the Indian camp, will now be played in July...

Actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shoots and kills cinematographer on film set

Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer and wounded a director when he discharged a prop gun on a movie set in New...

CBSE replies after Punjab CM criticises move to keep Punjabi out of major subjects

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Friday clarified that all regional languages have been kept in the category of minor subjects for...

Harish Chaudhary replaces Harish Rawat as new AICC in-charge for Punjab

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday appointed Harish Chaudhary as AICC in charge of Punjab, relieving Harish Rawat of the charge. Rajasthan minister Chaudhary played...

Victoria Premier says big ‘Thank You’ to Victorians

Victoria Premier Dan Andrews has thanked the incredible efforts of millions of Victorians who turned out to get vaccinated. Premier Daniel Andrews said,  “Victorians have...

Queen Elizabeth spends night in hospital after medical advice

Queen Elizabeth II spent a night in hospital for tests after being forced to cancel a visit to Northern Ireland this week, Buckingham Palace...