India launches COVID-19 vaccination for all people above 45

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New Delhi: India launched COVID-19 vaccination for all people aged 45 years and above from Thursday, which reported this year’s highest single day rise of 72,330 new infections in a span of 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally of cases to 1,22,21,665.

J&K adds 461 cases, 4 more deaths

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded 461 fresh COVID-19 cases that took its tally to 1,31,421, while four more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,998, officials said.
Of the fresh cases, 361 were reported from the Kashmir division and 100 from the Jammu division, they said. Srinagar district recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 157, including 44 travellers, followed by 76 in Baramulla and 61 in Jammu, according to the officials.
Budgam, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam, Kupwara, and Kathua were the other districts that recorded new cases in double digits. Eight districts reported fresh cases in single digits and three districts did not report any new cases.
The number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir stands at 2,874. So far, 1,26,549 patients have recovered, the officials said. Of the latest deaths, three were reported from the Kashmir division and one from the Jammu division, they said.

Seeking to exponentially expand the countrywide anti-coronavirus inoculation drive, the Centre has decided to keep all public and private sector COVID-19 vaccination centres (CVCs) operational throughout April, including on gazetted holidays. The Union health ministry has written to all states and union territories on Thursday and asked them to make necessary arrangements for this to optimally utilise all vaccination centres across the public and private sectors to ensure rapid increase in the pace and coverage of COVID inoculation.
“This decision is in line with the graded and pro-active approach employed by the government of India along with the states and union territories for COVID-19 vaccination,” the health ministry said.
More than 6.5 crore vaccine doses have been administered across the country so far to frontline workers, healthcare workers, those above 60 and for people aged above 45 with specified co-co-morbid conditions.
The ministry said so far vaccine doses have been administered to 82,60,293 HCWs (first dose), 52,50,704 HCWs (second dose), 91,74,171 FLWs (first dose) and 39,45,796 FLWs (second dose).