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Mass assemblies during festivals should evidently be dejected as India is still dealing with Covid-19 cases, Indian Council of Medical Research Director General Balram Bhargava said on Thursday.

“There are still 39 districts with over 10% [Covid] positivity, so we are still dealing with the problem in a big way,” he said during a press briefing. But he added that if it was undeniably essential for a person to attend a limited gathering, they must be fully vaccinated.

NITI Aayog member (health) VK Paul also advised Indians to rejoice upcoming festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi in September and Navratri in October with their families instead of participating in large gatherings. “We are going to have to be careful in view of the festive season and change in weather,” Paul said. “Even as we accelerate vaccination, our precautions must continue and get intensified. Continue wearing masks and practicing physical distancing”, he added.

Paul cautioned Indians about alterations in the virus that causes Covid-19. Well, we have seen that if the virus mutates, it can shake the whole system. This is a factor which we cannot control.

Recently at the press conference Health ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that 16% of India’s adult population had been fully inoculated against Covid-19 so far. As many as 54% Indians had received their first dose.

As per latest report, India on Thursday morning recorded 47,092 new coronavirus cases, pushing the tally of infections to 3,28,57,937 since the pandemic broke out in January last year. The country’s toll rose by 509 to 4,39,529.


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