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Half of adult population fully vaccinated: PM Modi

New Delhi, December 6

On a day when Omicron Covid-19 variant cases in India reached 23, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed full vaccination coverage of half the country’s adult population and called for the momentum to be sustained.

The first two Omicron cases came from Karnataka, followed by one each in Gujarat’s Jamnagar and Maharashtra until Saturday.

On Sunday there were 21 cases with Rajasthan seeing nine cases, Maharashtra seven and Delhi one. “India’s vaccination drive crosses another important milestone. Important to keep this momentum to strengthen the fight against Covid-19. And yes, keep following all other Covid-related protocols, including masking up and social distancing,” said PM after Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya shared that 85 per cent of India’s adults had received at least one dose.

Meanwhile, Civil Aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia directed Delhi airport operator DIAL to implement better crowd management strategies after pictures of overcrowding went viral and passengers complained of long waiting periods for implementation of Covid protocols.

States also intensified efforts to fight Omicron even as Manindra Agarwal of the IIT, Kanpur, cited a study to claim that a third wave due to Omicron could hit India by February. — TNS

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