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PM Modi calls for a ‘Tika Utsav’ to inoculate all eligible people from April 11 to 14

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: After addressing a review meeting on Covid-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday directed all the state Chief Ministers to observe a ‘vaccine festival’ or ‘Tika Utsav’ between April 11-14 in order to inoculate the maximum number of eligible beneficiaries against the deadly virus.

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This announcement made by PM Modi comes after a meet with chief ministers where they were urged to strengthen efforts for the next 2-3 weeks to check the spread of the virus on a “war-footing”.

During his interaction, PM Modi asked the chief ministers to focus on micro-containment zones and reiterated his call to work on the mantra of test, track, treat besides pushing COVID-appropriate behaviour and COVID-management to bring down the surge in the fresh cases. He asked states to not bother much about positive cases and focus on more testing.

“Our efforts should be to inoculate maximum eligible people during the ‘Tika utsav’ (vaccination festival) between April 11-14,” he said, asking youngsters to help those above 45 years of age to get the jab. April 11 is the birth anniversary of noted social reformer Jyotirao Phule, he noted.

To note, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had recently called for an end to “fear mongering” about shortage of vaccines after some states complained of lack of supplies.

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Mr Vardhan had tweeted that nearly 9.1 crore vaccine doses have been utilised, while 2.4 crore are in stock and 1.9 crore vaccines are in the pipeline, indicating there are sufficient doses available for all states.

Ten states including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Kerala and Punjab have shown an unprecedented rise in the daily COVID-19 cases accounting for 84.2% of the 1,26,789 new infections, the Union Health Ministry said.

So far, the national weekly COVID-19 positivity rate has increased by 6.21% from 2.19 to 8.40% in the first seven days of March and April, it added.

To note, around 25,40,41,584 samples have been tested up to April 8 with 13,64,205 samples being tested on Thursday, as per ICMR.

While, as many as 9,43,34,262 people have been inoculated against COVID-19 in the country so far.

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Total cases: 1,30,60,542

Total recoveries: 1,19,13,292

Active cases: 9,79,608

Death toll: 1,67,642

Total vaccination: 9,43,34,262

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