Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Govt for First Time Admits Community Transmission in India, Health Minister Says It’s Limited to ‘Some Districts’

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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan for the first time on Sunday admitted that India is in the community transmission stage of Covid-19. He, however, added that it is limited only to certain districts and states at present. Harsh Vardhan’s admission came in response to a query made during his weekly webinar, 'Sunday Samvaad', in which where he interacts with his social media audience.

"In different pockets across various states, including West Bengal, community transmission is expected to occur, especially in dense areas. However, this is not happening across the country. It is limited to certain districts," he said.

India's Covid-19 caseload mounted to 74,94,551 with 61,871 new infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries surged to 65,97,209, pushing the recovery rate to 88.03 per cent, according to the Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The coronavirus death toll climbed to1,14,031 with the virus claiming 1,033lives ina span of 24 hours,the data updated at 8 am showed.

The number of active cases of coronavirus infection remained below 8 lakh for the second consecutive day. There are 7,83,311 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country, comprising 10.45per cent of the total caseload, the data stated. The Covid-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.52 per cent.

According to a Times of India report, the government had begun identifying about 300 million people who would be given the vaccine first when it is ready. It said that frontline health and sanitation workers, police officials and elderly people with co-morbidities will get the vaccine on priority.

The plan, which is still in the draft stage, aims to cover 23% of the population in the first phase. The final plan is likely to be ready by end October-November, the report said. The selected individuals will be given an estimated 600 million doses.

Earlier this month, health minister Harsh Vardhan had said that India hopes to receive up to 500 million doses of coronavirus vaccines by July next year to inoculate about 250 million people. Officials have said that giving the vaccine to India’s 1.3 billion people will be a mammoth exercise, likely to stretch well into 2022.

India has recorded the world's second-largest number of cases after the United States and worries have been high that there may be further spikes during the ongoing festival season.

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