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147 districts recorded no new Covid-19 cases last week: Health minister

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At least 147 districts in the country have not reported a case of Covid-19 in the last seven days, informed Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.

During the 23rd meeting of the High-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on Covid-19, the Union Minister said: “In India, 147 districts have not seen a Covid-19 case in the last seven days, 18 districts in the last 14 days, six in the last 21 days, and 21 districts have not registered a case in the last 28 days.”

During the meeting, the Health Minister also expressed satisfaction at the country’s performance to combat Covid-19, stating that “Our fatality rate continues to be the lowest in the world at almost 1.44 per cent and 1,03,73,606 people have recovered from the virus, taking the recovery rate to nearly 97 per cent.”

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He further informed that the country has 15,473 dedicated hospitals, health care facilities, and Covid-19 care centres with 19,00,714 beds and 12,673 quarantine centres.

On the ongoing coronavirus vaccination programme, he said, “We have completed 42,674 sessions of vaccinations all over the country. As many as 23,55,979 people have been administered the Covid-19 vaccines so far and 3,26,499 health workers have received the vaccines in the last 24 hours.”

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“The total number of cases in the country stands at 1,07,01,193 and in the last 24 hours, the country recorded 11,660 cases. Currently, 70 per cent of the current cases are from Maharashtra and Kerala. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have slightly more than 500 cases and the rest of the places have less than 500 cases,” he added.

Updating the GoM on the United Kingdom (UK) variant found in India, he mentioned that 153 cases have been diagnosed in the country and all the protocols to keep these cases under surveillance and in isolation are being followed.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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