Coronavirus spreading fast in rural areas, says PM Modi, urges villagers to take precautions
India on Friday registered 3,43,144 new coronavirus cases, pushing the tally in the country to 2,40,46,809 since the pandemic broke out in January last year. The toll climbed by 4,000 to 2,62,317. There are 37,04,893 active cases and 2,00,79,599 patients have recovered from the infection.
The United States’ top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on Thursday said that it was a “reasonable approach” to extend the duration between first and second doses of coronavirus vaccine when there is a shortage. Earlier, the Centre had said that interval between two doses of the Covishield vaccine can be increased to 12-16 weeks.
Meanwhile the US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new set of guidelines, suggesting that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most places, both outdoors and indoors.
Globally, the coronavirus has now infected 16.08 crore people and killed over 33.40 lakh since the pandemic broke out in December 2019, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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