Coronavirus Live Updates: Govt working with states to address vaccine hesitancy in rural areas

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Healthcare workers cross a stream to reach to a forest area to inoculate shepherds with a coronavirus disease vaccine in central Kashmir's Budgam district on June 09, 2021. (Photo credit should read Sajad Hameed/Riau Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

The daily COVID-19 count in India remained below the one-lakh mark for the fourth consecutive day with the country reporting 91,702 fresh cases. The coronavirus death toll climbed to 3,63,079 with 3,403 fatalities. Amid media reports alleging 'vaccine hesitancy' among health workers in rural areas, the Union Health Ministry on Friday said it is working closely with states and union territories to address the issue.

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However, the ministry and the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (EGVAC) are getting the matter investigated by the Computer Emergency Response Team of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MietY), the statement said.

The active cases further declined to 11,21,671 comprising 3.83 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 94.93 per cent. A net decline of 46,281 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The Delhi government notified the rules allowing home delivery of liquor for orders placed through mobile applications and websites on Thursday, which will come into effect in the national capital from Friday.

Although the amended excise rules will come into force from Friday, the home delivery of liquor will take some time as the government is yet to issue the terms and conditions to implement it.

Under the previous excise rules, home delivery of liquor was allowed only for orders placed through fax and email.

Due to the impracticality of the rules, there were no takers for the L-13 licence. To date, the government has not issued any L-13 licence.

After amending the rules, orders for home delivery of liquor can be taken through mobile apps and websites.


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