Second wave of coronavirus infection in India is not yet over even though the weekly positivity rate is showing an overall declining trend, warns the Union government

A healthcare worker collects swab from a man for a RT-PCR test at a testing centre in north Delhi on September 2, 2021.   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma

Second wave of coronavirus infection in India is not yet over even though the weekly positivity rate is showing an overall declining trend, warns the Union government

Mass gatherings should be discouraged but if attending it is essential then full vaccination should be a prerequisite, the Union government said on September 2 and urged people to get the jabs and follow Covid-appropriate behaviour, especially during the festive season.

Also read: Coronavirus updates — September 2, 2021

In a press conference, it warned the second wave of coronavirus infection in India was not yet over even though the weekly positivity rate was showing an overall declining trend.

The Centre said that 39 districts in the country reported over 10% weekly Covid positivity rate in the week ending August 31 while in 38 districts it was between 5 and 10%.

It asserted that 16% of India’s adult population have received both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine while 54% have been administered at least the first dose.

“In Sikkim, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Himachal Pradesh all the adult population have got at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine,” the government said.

In view of the upcoming festive season amid the scare of the third wave of COVID-19 infections striking the country, the Centre said mass gatherings have to be discouraged and full vaccination should be a prerequisite if attending such a congregation is essential.

“People should celebrate festivals at home, follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and embrace vaccination,” the government said.

It added that about 300 cases of delta plus variant of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in India so far.

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