The Niti Aayog on Tuesday has expressed serious concern over the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

“Cases in Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh is a matter of serious concern…people should take all necessary precautions to keep themselves away from getting infected,” said Niti Aayog member, VK Paul.

The Union health ministry statistics revealed that Nagaland has so far witnessed 11066 cases, Himachal Pradesh 41990 and Uttarakhand 75501.

These three states had witnessed minimum cases earlier.

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Paul, who is also the chairman of the National Expert Group for Vaccine Administration (NEGVAC) has said that more than 94 lakh patients have recovered from COVID-19 in the country, while presently there are only about 3.4 lakhs active cases.

More than 15.55 crore tests have been conducted to date in India, while the cumulative positivity rate is 6.37 per cent and the average daily positivity rate during last week was 3 per cent.

The recovery rate at 95.12 percent is amongst the highest in the world.

India having 7178 cases per million population still figures among the lowest in the world.

India has recorded one of the lowest death rates in the world at 104 deaths per million population.

Union health secretary, Rajesh Buushan also informed that five states having the highest average number of cases on a week-on-week basis are Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Delhi.

23 Union ministries and departments have been identified and assigned roles with respect to planning, implementation, social mobilization, awareness generation etc., for the vaccine-roll out.

29,000 cold chain points, 240 walk-in coolers, 70 walk-in freezers, 45,000 ice-lined refrigerators, 41,000 deep freezers and 300 solar refrigerators will be used for the vaccination process, said Bhushan.

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