Covid-19 Omicron India Live: At review meet, PM Modi stresses masks use, containment, boosting infra

A young beneficiary gets Covid-19 vaccine at a municipal medical facility in Nerul, Navi Mumbai on Saturday evening. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that there are no plans to impose lockdown in the national capital yet, stating that the Delhi government wants to “impose as few restrictions as possible so that people’s livelihoods are not impacted.” Delhi is expected to record over 22,000 daily cases Sunday. On Saturday, it had breached the 20,000-mark, along with Mumbai, which reported 20,318 new cases.

In other news, an IIT-Kanpur professor and mathematician, Manindra Agrawal, has predicted that in major cities like Delhi and Mumbai, the sharp rise in Covid cases could be arrested very soon, perhaps by the middle of this month. He also stated that the peak of the ongoing third wave in the country could go as high as 8 lakh cases in a day — almost twice the peak of the second wave. “The third wave (for the country) is expected to peak somewhere in the beginning of next month or even slightly earlier…By middle of March, the third wave of the pandemic should be more or less over in India,” Agrawal said.

Over 2 crore teens jabbed with first dose

With the number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered to children in the 15-18 age-group crossing the two-crore mark on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged everyone to “maintain momentum” and follow appropriate protocol.

“Excellent! Well done my young friends. Let us continue this momentum. Urging everyone to follow all Covid-19 related protocols and get vaccinated, if you haven’t already,” Modi tweeted.

More than two crore children between the ages of 15 and 18 have received their first dose of the Covid vaccine since January 3, when the vaccination drive for this age group was rolled out, a Health Ministry statement said.

Precautionary dose from Jan 10, high turnout for 60+ expected

Even as the union health ministry said bookings for the “precaution dose” will open on Saturday, the slots for Delhi did not become available till late evening. The precaution dose will be administered to all healthcare and frontline workers, and those above the age of 60 years with co-morbidities at existing centres starting Monday, according to a Delhi government official.

“The slots will open up tonight; a separate option called precaution dose will become available on the CoWIN portal along with the option of Dose 1 and Dose 2. Those who received their second dose nine months ago will be able to book these slots. The vaccines will be administered at the existing sites; the capacity of the sites will be increased by 20% for precaution dose,” the official said.