40% of UP is now Covid free

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The state is also close to administering 11 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses, leading the country’s inoculation drive against the virus…reports Asian Lite News.

Nearly 40 per cent of Uttar Pradesh is now Covid-19 free and the state government has declared that out of the total 75 districts, the active caseload in 31 of them has come down to zero.

The total active caseload in the entire state was also recorded at a further low of just 159 active cases as of Sunday.

About 21 districts of the state are now left with a single active case each.

The districts with zero active Covid cases include Amethi, Amroha, Baghpat, Ballia, Balrampur, Etah, Farrukhabad, Fatehpur, Ghazipur, Gonda, Hamirpur, Hapur, Hardoi, Hathras, Jalaun, Kanpur Dehat, Kanpur, Kasganj, Lakhimpur Kheri, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Mainpuri, Mau, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Rampur, Sant Kabir Nagar, Shravasti, Varanasi, Sitapur and Unnao.

In the past 24 hours, the state reported 13 fresh Covid cases with seven patients recovering from the disease.

The overall positivity rate in Uttar Pradesh now stands at 2.16 per cent, while the recovery rate is at 98.8 per cent.

“The fresh cases have declined by more than 38,000 from its peak which was 38,055 on April 24. The state has also been able to restrict the daily Covid case-count below 50 for over 50 days in a row,” said an official release.

The state is also close to administering 11 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses, leading the country’s inoculation drive against the virus.

‘Covid vaccine for children by December’

Meanwhile, Karnataka’s Minister for Health K. Sudhakar has announced that Covid-19 vaccines in the form of nasal drops for children would mostly be available by the month of November or December.

Speaking to reporters in New Delhi after his meeting with Union Minister for Health Mansukh Mandaviya on Sunday, Sudhakar said that the Central government is negotiating the price of Covid-19 vaccines for children with Zydus Cadila company which has developed the jab.

If these negotiations are fruitful, the vaccine for children should be available by the month of November and December in the state of Karnataka, he said.

“In the meeting with the Union Health Minister, this matter was discussed,” the state Minister added.

Sudhakar maintained that it was not possible to predict the third wave in the state, saying: “We have to see who situation unfolds in the months of November and December. However, we have taken all precautions and stringent restrictions are still in place despite the pressure from neighbouring states of Kerala and Maharashtra.”

Karnataka is also discussing administering booster shots for those who have taken two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. But, no decision is being made in this regard, according to the Minister.

He opined that the state government should have taken a decision to open primary classes for the students of the first standard to fifth standards by this time.

“In my opinion, children have more immunity power compared to others. After the Dussehra festival, the government will hold a meeting with experts and take a decision in this regard.”

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