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Coronavirus India Live Updates, Covid-19 Vaccine Latest Update India, Third wave, record vaccination, test positivity rateOn August 27, India for the first time administered a record 1 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines in a single day. (Picture: Reuters)

Coronavirus Case and Fatality Rate in India, Coronavirus Third Wave Today News September 17 Live Updates: As India braces for a possible Covid-19 third wave, vaccination has picked up pace in the country. As of September 16 (7 pm), 77.17 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered since the beginning of the vaccination drive in January, which makes India the fastest in the world to achieve the feat.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya yesterday called for a major push to India’s vaccination drive on Friday; he said it would be the perfect gift for Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday. “Tomorrow is the birthday of our beloved Prime Minister, lets do #VaccineSeva by helping all unvaccinated people, including their loved ones, family members, and all sections of the society by getting them vaccinated. This would be a birthday gift for the Prime Minister,” Mandaviya tweeted in Hindi on Thursday.

So far, India has crossed the 1-crore mark only three times in single-day Covid-19 vaccination. On August 27, India for the first time administered a record 1 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines in a single day. On PM Modi’s birthday, several states/UT have planned special vaccination drives. While the Gujarat government is planning to administer over 35 lakh doses of the Covid-19 vaccine today, the Assam government targets to vaccinate 8 lakh people. The Bihar government said it will administer 30 lakh vaccine doses during Friday’s special vaccination drive to commemorate PM Modi’s birthday.

As the festive season nears, the Union Health Ministry on Thursday urged people to follow Covid protocols in order to check the spread of Coronavirus.  Experts have also suggested that festivals should be celebrated in a simple way as crowding may trigger a surge in Coronavirus infections. That will reverse all the gain India has achieved so far in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. As many as 64 districts in the country are still reporting more than a 5% Covid-19 positivity rate. Kerala still has over 1 lakh active cases.

Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand High Court has lifted the ban on Chardham Yatra. Though it has ordered people to follow Covid protocols and made negative Covid-19 report/double vaccination certificate mandatory for devotees. “Chardham Yatra will begin from September 18, said Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.

India for a second consecutive day recorded over 30,000 new Coronavirus infections on Friday. According to data from the Union Health Ministry on Friday, India witnessed 34,403 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the overall Covid-19 cases to 33.38 million while the number of active cases dropped below 3.4 lakh. With 320 fatalities in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 death toll increased to 444,248, the health ministry said.

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