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People above 45 can get vaccinated from April 1

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

In a major decision taken by the Union Cabinet on Tuesday, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar decided to open the vaccination drive for everyone above the age of 45 years beginning from April 1.

Javadekar also announced that there will be no need of medical certificates supporting co-morbidity conditions, which the government stipulated earlier for the second phase of vaccination.

We appeal that all above 45 should take the vaccine as early as possible that will provide them shield against Corona, Javadekar said.

The decision has been taken based on scientific advise, the minister informed adding that the gap between Covishield doses has also been extended up to eight weeks, from its earlier four weeks, as this is more effective in building immunity.

Earlier, two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given at an interval of 28 days. But as per a statement released by the Union Health Ministry on Monday, Javadekar said, As per the advice by scientists and world scientist bodies, second dose can be administered between fourth and eighth week, particularly for Covishield, said Javadekar. The doctors will decide the schedule of the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines, he added.

However, the increased interval does not apply to Covaxin.

Over 4.7 crore people have been administered the COVID-19 vaccine doses so far, the Health Ministry said on Monday. On safety, Covishield and Covaxin are the safest of the vaccines, said Dr VK Paul, member of Niti Aayog.

India started a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16 where healthcare workers and frontline workers were given the utmost priority. The next phase of COVID-19 inoculation drive commenced on March 1, where citizens over 60 years of age and people aged 45 and above with co-morbid conditions were made eligible for vaccinations.

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

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