Rajesh Bhushan

Only Maharashtra and Kerala have more than 35,000 active COVID-19 cases. A total of 47 districts have not reported new COVID19 cases in the last 3 weeks and 251 districts have not reported any COVID-related deaths in the last 3 weeks," Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.

The health secretary said it will be a sequential roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination as the vaccine will be available in a limited quantity.

Health Ministry said, "Active Covid-19 cases are less than 3 lakhs after 163 days. It is after almost 5.5 months. It is a big achievement and credit goes to every frontline worker, administration and officials who are engaged in coronavirus containment related work."

Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the goal is to vaccinate critical mass of people and break the virus transmission.

According to the Health Ministry, states have to ensure adequate oxygen availability in all healthcare facilities in these states and unrestricted intra as well as the interstate movement of oxygen.

The official said that India's COVID-19 cases per million population, as well as COVID-19 deaths per million population, are among the "lowest" in the world.

In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic in India, the government has made the wearing of mask compulsory for every person as a preventive measure to contain the spread of infection.

Addressing a press conference here, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that the recovered cases are 3.4 times more than the active cases and recovery rate is more than 75 per cent.

Addressing a press conference here, Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Health Ministry said over 2.5 crore COVID-19 tests have been done in the country. He said 18,320 tests per million were being done in the country.

Dr Bhargava, however, said that social distancing and proper hygiene are the best "vaccine" available now and even after.