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Herd immunity can’t be a strategic option in India due to size and population, says Health Ministry

Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Lockdown Unlock 3.0 Guidelines News Live Updates: Earlier in the day, as many as 52,249  fresh cases were registered within a span of 24 hours, taking the total to 1,590,297. The death toll also rose to 35,048 from 34,193, according to data released.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |Updated: July 30, 2020, 6:42:45 pm

 

Coronavirus India News Live Updates: Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that herd immunity in a country of the size and population of India can’t be a strategic option. “It can only be achieved through immunization. Health Ministry thinks it’s possible in future but for now, we have to follow COVID appropriate behavior,” R Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health said during a media briefing.

Earlier in the day, as many as 52,249  fresh cases were registered within a span of 24 hours, taking the total to 1,590,297. The death toll also rose to 35,048 from 34,193, according to data released. There are currently 531,438 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country presently and the recovery rate among COVID patients was recorded at 64.44 percent, while the fatality rate was at 2.21 percent. Late on Wednesday, the government allowed gymnasiums and yoga institutes to function from August 5 and revoked night curfew even as all other activities banned earlier continue to remain prohibited.

Globally, 17,221,761 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus. The death toll stood at 671,005. The United States continued to remain the worst affected followed by Brazil and India.

India doing five lakh COVID test daily plans to double: Harsh Vardhan

India is currently conducting around five lakh COVID-19 tests every day and the plan is to double the number in the next one-two months, Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday.

During the launch of a compendium on ‘Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Technologies for COVID-19 Mitigation’, Vardhan, who is also the Union health minister, said that the country’s recovery rate of over 64 percent is the best in the world while the fatality rate is nearly 2.2 percent, news agency PTI reported.

“In April, we used to conduct 6,000 tests daily. Today, we are conducting over five lakh tests every day. Our plan is to take it to 10 lakh tests daily in 1-2 months and we are working towards it,” Vardhan said.

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