The Centre has asked the states to set up round-the-clock RAT booths at different locations, engage medical and paramedical staff, and encourage the use of home test kits for symptomatic individuals.
None of the existing vaccines can totally prevent Covid infection. The vaccines can only reduce the severity of the infection and associated health complications.
Addressing a joint press conference, ICMR Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava said Delta continues to be the predominant strain in India, including in the recently identified clusters.
Maharashtra has reported the most number of cases (32) followed by Delhi (22) while Kerala has five cases.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has made it clear that more restrictions should be imposed on the districts where the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) rate is more than 5 five per cent.
Apart from hard science, vaccine development also requires manufacturing power and a whole lot of logistical maneuvering, writes Balram Bhargava writes in the book 'Going Viral'.
The active cases comprise 0.46 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.20 per cent.
The active cases comprise 0.49 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.18 per cent, the highest since March 2020.
Health Minister Veena George said that a COVID Death Information Portal of e-Health Kerala has been prepared.
A survey has found that students missed out on social interactions, lacked physical activity and had a sense of loosening the bonds of friendship due to prolonged school closures.