Coronavirus Updates in India: The Centre has advised states to use all private hospitals as vaccination sites.

As India entered Day 2 of the second phase of the vaccination drive today, the Centre instructed states to use the maximum capacity of private hospitals as vaccination sites. Both private hospitals that aren’t associated with either of the government’s services are now required to act as vaccination sites.

Since the second phase of the inoculation drive began on Monday, more than 1.48 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, according to the government. There are 2,08,791 people over the age of 60 or between the ages of 45 and 60 who have comorbidities. In addition, the government has received 50 lakh registrations for COVID-19 vaccination through CoWIN.

While some states in the country have seen a rise in the number of active cases, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said at a press conference that the recovered cases are more than 97 percent and the active cases are still less than 2%. With India’s overall case positivity at 5.11 percent, he said, the COVID-19 pandemic is close to being under surveillance. “According to the World Health Organisation, the COVID-19 pandemic is under control if 140 tests per million are performed per day and the case positivity rate is less than 5%. At 5.11 percent overall case positivity, we’re really close to the mark.”

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