Starting May 1, citizens above 18 years to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination

Until now, only those over 45 years of age were permitted by the Centre to get the vaccine.

The Union Government on Monday announced that from May 1 onwards, all adults will be eligible to get the COVID vaccine. This will not only widen the scope of the inoculation drive but also boost the overall immunity, a dire need amid the second emergent wave of the coronavirus. Until now, only those over 45 years of age were permitted by the Centre to get the vaccine shot.

India's COVID vaccination drive- largest & fastest in the world!

Announcing yet another phase of the COVID vaccination drive, the Centre has permitted vaccination for adults from May 1, 2021. To implement this without hiccups, the Union Government has also empowered vaccine manufacturers to releases up to 50% of their supply to the state governments and open markets, at pre-declared prices. Simultaneously, the state now has the authority to procure additional vaccine doses from manufacturers directly. It can also start vaccination of any category of people over 18 years of age

The Centre, its authorities and associates have been working for over a year to make sure that the vaccine dose reaches the maximum number of people, said the Prime Minister. He also added that India's immunity drive against COVID-19 has been recorded as the largest vaccination campaign ever and is progressing at a world record pace. With the latest decision, it is set to gain more momentum.

India began its mass immunity drive across all states on January 16, 2021. The campaign was segmented to be conducted in phases, as per on ground prority. At first healthcare and frontline workers were inoculated after which people over the age of 60 and those over 45 years with comorbidities were included. The scope of the vaccination had last stretched to include everyone over the age of 45 years, from April 1. As yet, about 12,38,52,566 vaccine doses have been administered in India where Mumbai, Gujarat and Rajasthan have logged in the highest target achievement.

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In a bid to prevent people from unnecessarily flocking outside amid peak COVID horror of the second wave, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet has issued an e-pass system for public movement across the state. According to this order, the general public, except those involved in essential services, require an authorised electronic pass to validate their travel. However, in an extension of the e-pass order, the state has clarified ambiguities and listed categories of services alongside public movements, that would not require an e-pass.

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Goa Government on Tuesday, imposed additional COVID-19 curbs across village panchayats and districts, to keep the coronavirus infection rise in check. The coastal state observed a 4-day lockdown that concluded on May 3, however, strict restrictions were ordained here for another week, till May 10. While the administration had listed the guidelines earlier, on Tuesday, it extended the scope of the prohibitions, to include non-essential services also. As per reports, restaurants too, have been allowed only for home delivery, instead of the earlier permitted operations at 50% capacity.

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Oxygen cylinder blast at Lucknow's Chinhat area stirs city dwellers amid widespread COVID chaos

Technical teams are assessing the situation at the spot and the cause of the blast will be made public soon.

While Lucknow stands shrouded beneath a storm of COVID troubles, an incident at the city's KT Oxygen Filling Station in Chinhat, has raised eyeballs across the city. An oxygen cylinder burst out at 3:30 PM on Wednesday while being reloaded at the facility and chaotic circumstances ensued after that. Taking quick control of the situation, the authorities implemented a relief program to help the individuals affected by the blast and further investigation has been initiated.

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In a first for India, Mumbai's Coastal Road project to be supported by monopile technology!

This is the first time when monopile technology is being used in India.

The construction work of Mumbai's Coastal Road project is going on in full swing, although the city still lies shrouded under the gloom of the raging pandemic. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also deployed monopile technology for the project, that connects south Mumbai to the western suburbs. Breaking the usual trend of using group pile technology while making any bridge on a sea or river, this is the first time when monopile technology is being used in India.

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COVID cases in Indore exceed beyond ​the 1500-mark on Tuesday for over 3 weeks in a row!

On Tuesday, as many as 1,805 people tested positive for the coronavirus infection in Indore.

The rising scale of COVID-19 infections continues to cast the horrors of the pandemic in Indore, with the addition of 1,805 new cases on Tuesday. Besides adding to the active load, this new surge denotes that the daily spike of the fresh cases in Indore, has surged over the 15,000-mark for over 3 weeks. Meanwhile, the dip in the recovery rate further intensifies the pandemic crisis in the district.

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