The Centre on Tuesday warned that the coronavirus situation in India is getting from bad to worse and asked all the district authorities with high caseloads to ensure 100% vaccination of all above 45 within the next 15 days.
The Government will roll out the third phase of its vaccination drive from April 1 to cover all those above the age of 45.
On Saturday, during a meeting with 46 districts that reported 70 per cent of the total cases over the last month, the Centre conveyed that 90 per cent of COVID-19 linked deaths in the country continue to be in the category of those aged above 45.
NITI Aayog member (Health) V K Paul said, “COVID-19 situation is turning from bad to worse. In last few weeks, especially in some states, it is a huge cause for worry. No state, no part of the country or district should be complacent.”
“We are facing an increasingly severe and intense situation, more so surely in some districts. But the whole country is potentially at risk and therefore all efforts to contain and save lives should be taken,” PTI quoted Paul as saying.
India reports 53,480 new Covid-19 cases, 41,280 discharges, and 354 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union health ministry.
The total tally of infections is 1,21,49,335 and the overall death toll stood at 1,62,468.
There are now more than 5.52 lakh active cases in the country while over 1,14,34,301 people have recovered from the disease.