In its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, India has administered over 3.89 crore vaccine doses, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.
A total of 3,89,20,259 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till 7 pm on Thursday, the Health Ministry added. These include 76,19,786HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 46,92,962HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 78,11,126FLWs (1stdose), 21,50,198FLWs (2nd dose), 1,39,18,245beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 27,27,942beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities, the Ministry said in a press release.
On the 62 day nationwide COVID19 vaccination, a total of 17,83,303 vaccine doses were given till 7 pm today, they said.
Out of these, 14,83,156 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 3,00,147HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine as per the provisional report.
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French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Thursday imposed a month-long lockdown in 16 areas of the country, including the greater Paris and Nice areas, in wake of rising COVID-19 cases.
The new measures will go into effect from Friday midnight lasting four weeks but are less restrictive than measures imposed in March and November of last year, reported CNN.
“Our choice, to be less restrictive on possibilities to leave one’s home, will need to go hand in hand with real caution,” PM Castex said.
“This is clearly about allowing for people to be outside, but not to go to friends” homes to have a party or meet with many people without social distancing or a face mask. We know that it is in that kind of situation that the virus prospers,” he added.
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