walk-in and get themselves registered. Only healthcare workers, frontline workers, and people over the age of 60 with comorbidities are eligible to register for the ‘precaution’ dose. Only if you have certain co-morbidities will you be eligible for the ‘precaution’ shot.
Co-morbidities include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, stem cell transplant recipients, cirrhosis, cancer, sickle cell disease, and other conditions.
Meanwhile, Union Health Mansukh Mandaviya will interact with health ministers of five states and a Union Territory to review the COVID-19 situation on Monday amid a spike in infections, official sources said.
The Union minister will virtually interact with health ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra, and the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, an official source said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting on Sunday to review the COVID-19 situation in the country as the Omicron variant of the virus fuels a surge in cases.
According to Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 am on Sunday, a total of 1,59,632 new coronavirus infections were reported, the highest in 224 days, while the active cases increased to 5,90,611, the highest in around 197 days. On May 29 last year, India had logged 1,65,553 infections in a day.
As the Omicron-fueled third wave of the pandemic accelerated across the country, India recorded by far the fastest weekly increase in Covid-19 cases, with a six-fold increase in infections in the week ending Sunday.
During the week of January 3-9, India reported more than 7.8 lakh cases, more than six times the previous week’s tally of nearly 1.3 lakh. The previous week (December 27-January 2) had seen a 2.8x increase in infections.
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