As covid cases in the country begin to decline, centre has issued fresh guidelines regarding the unlocking of states. The new guidelines have been put in place to keep a check on the disease from rising again.
The guidelines issued on June 1 suggested that the districts can begin to unlock if the positivity rate within a week is less than 5 % in the said district. It also added that over 70% of the vulnerable population, those above the age of 60 and 45 with comorbidities must be covered under the vaccination drive.
“To open-up, areas have to clock a less than 5% positivity rate for a week and also over 70% of the vulnerable population should be vaccinated,” Dr. Balram Bhargava, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.
In addition to this, the ease in restriction will also be dependent on community ownership of care and following of the covid-appropriate behaviour.
For the past 6 days, India has registered less than 2 lakh new cases and the new caseload stands at 17,93,645 as on June 2. The cases fell by 1,01,875 in the past 24 hours.
The recovery rate in the country stands at 92.48%, and the daily positivity rate is at 6.57%. The positivity rate has continued to remain within 10% for the past 9 continuous days.
Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber the daily new cases for the 20th consecutive day. In the last 24 hours, 2,31,456 recoveries were registered in the country.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, a total of 21,85,46,667 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country as of June 2, 2021.
**1 crore vaccines doses per day**
Speaking on vaccination, Dr. Balram Bhargava said that India will be able to vaccinate 1 crore people per day by July-August and it plays a key role in lifting the lockdowns.
“There is no shortage of vaccination in India and we are among the select few countries in the world which are manufacturing vaccines. India will quicken its vaccination rate in June and by July-August, we will be in a position to offer one crore doses in a day,” Dr. Bhargava said.
Adding further, he informed that India’s vaccination drive is being ramped up and by December 2021, we hope to have the whole country vaccinated.