India's Covid-19 reproductive number more than one in eight states, second wave far from over: Govt

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NEW DELHI: The health ministry on Tuesday said India's reproductive number is more than one in eight states, including Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Reproduction number denotes the spread of Covid-19. It is a measure that highlights the number of people a coronavirus positive person infects, thereby reflecting the severity of its spread.
A number of one or below one indicates a slowly spreading virus while any number above 1 indicates a rapid spread.
The health ministry added that the Covid positivity rate in the country is currently over 10% in 44 districts and that the second Covid wave is far from over in India.
"There are 44 districts where the case positivity rate is over 10%. These districts are in Kerala, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, said the health ministry in its press briefing in Delhi.
The health ministry said that an increasing trend in cases was seen in 10 districts of Kerala.
The daily new Covid-19 cases being reported across the world are still high as more than 4.7 lakh infections are being recorded everyday.
"On June 1, there were 279 districts where over 100 cases were being reported but it has come down to 57 districts now, where over 100 cases are being reported in the country," said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of the health ministry.
The government further reiterated the importance of using a mask, maintaining social distancing and hand sanitisation, and ensuring Covid-appropriate behaviour in its continued fight against Covid-19.
"In the last 4 weeks, 18 districts from 6 states, including Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur have been reporting increasing trend in daily new Covid cases," added Lav Agarwal.
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A total of 47.85 crore vaccine doses have been administered in the country till date. While 37.26 crore have been given the 1st dose, only 10.59 crore have received the second dose so far.
The total number of vaccine doses administered in July is more than double of that in May, the health ministry added.
There are few states where over 3 crore vaccination doses have been supplied. UP has been given 4.88 crore doses, Maharashtra has been given 4.5 crore doses and Gujarat has been given 3.4 crore doses, said Lav Agarwal.
Dr VK Paul, member of the Niti Aayog further added that government is still in talks with Moderna.
Meanwhile, the government has given permission to Novavax to conduct trials on children in India.
(With inputs from agencies)

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