While the vaccine will be available for free at the 10,000-odd government healthcare facilities, the beneficiaries will have to pay at the estimated 20,000 private facilities that are expected to be roped in.
Coronavirus India Live Updates: The Centre on Wednesday said that the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive will begin from March 1 — for all citizens above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities. While the vaccine will be available for free at the 10,000-odd government healthcare facilities, the beneficiaries will have to pay at the estimated 20,000 private facilities that are expected to be roped in.
On Wednesday, India reported 13,742 new Covid-19 cases and 104 deaths, according to data released by the Union Health Ministry. With this, the country’s total caseload rose to 1,10,30,176, while the death toll surged to 1,56,567.
Meanwhile, a new coronavirus variant, which is similar to the more virulent South Africa strain, is on the rise in New York City, Reuters reported. The variant, known as B.1.526, was first identified in samples collected in New York in November, and represented about 12 per cent of all cases by mid-February, researchers said. Studies show that coronavirus vaccines are able to neutralise the virus, even in the case of new variants. Now, vaccine makers are also working to develop booster shots to combat mutated versions of the virus, the Reuters report stated.
More than 112 million people have tested positive for Covid-19 worldwide, while the global death toll has soared past 2.4 million.
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As per data provided by the Gujarat police, between January 12 and 14, the state registered a total of 1,114 offences, penalised 21,358 persons and collected a penalty of Rs 2.12 crore for violation of Covid guidelines. (Photo by Kamleshwar Singh/Representational)
The Bengal govt has made it mandatory for passengers travelling in flights from Maharashtra, Kerala and 2 other states to produce a negative Covid-19 report, PTI reported.
Yesterday, announcing the next phase of India's vaccination drive, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar Wednesday said that people above the age of 60 and those above 45 years with co-morbidities will be vaccinated from March 01 at 10,000 government and over 20,000 private vaccination centres. The vaccine will be given free of cost at govt centres, he said.
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