Union Health Ministry proposes lockdown in 150 districts; vaccine registration for 18+ begins today

According to reports, the Centre, in consultation with the state governments, will take the final decision on the Health Ministry’s proposal
Union Health Ministry proposes lockdown in 150 districts; vaccine registration for 18+ begins today
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

The Union Health Ministry has proposed imposing strict restrictions, including a complete lockdown in districts with high test positivity rate (TPR).

According to reports, the Ministry proposed a complete lockdown in around 150 districts with a Covid-19 positivity rate above 15%. This proposal comes at a time when the healthcare systems are under tremendous stress due to the raging pandemic

The Union health ministry chaired a high-level meeting on Tuesday on this matter. Reportedly, the Centre, in consultation with the state governments, will take the final decision on the Health Ministry’s proposal.

With many states seeing a high positivity rate, a senior official told news agencies that a lockdown is essential in the next few weeks for districts with very high positivity rate.

Several states, including Kerala, have already imposed lockdown-like restrictions, weekend curfews and weeklong curfews to curb the spread of Covid-19. Currently, Kerala has a TPR of over 20%, and many districts are reporting TPR over 15%. Kerala recorded its highest single-day spike with 32,819 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday. The rise in Covid-19 cases in Kerala is due to the fast transmitting double-mutant variant found in 13 districts of Kerala. Meanwhile, India has recorded over 3,60,960 daily Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 vaccine registration for those between 18 and 45 years will begin from 4 pm today. In a tweet, the Ministry of Health said that registration for the newly eligible category for Covid-19 vaccination opens today at 4 pm on the CoWIN and Aarogya Setu apps. The vaccination will begin on May 1.

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