Take COVID-19 Vaccine At "First Available Opportunity": WHO To Indians

World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for South East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh said COVID-19 situation in India continues to be of concern and is also a challenge.

Take COVID-19 Vaccine At 'First Available Opportunity': WHO To Indians

India's COVID-19 vaccination drive started from January in different phases. (File)

New Delhi:

World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for South East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh today issued a word of caution as India is witnessing a "plateau" in daily COVID-19 cases, advising people to get the shots at the first available opportunity.

"Lesson learned from this surge is at no cost can we let our guards down. We must take COVID-19 vaccine at first available opportunity. While we can't predict next surge but we can prevent it, which we must," said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh.

"This surge has put an immense burden on already overwhelmed health services. We're now witnessing a plateau and even a decline in cases in some parts of India. Situation continues to be of concern and challenge," she added while commending the Indian efforts and advising the people to remain vigilant about the pandemic.

India's daily COVID-19 cases continue to decline further as 1,65,553 fresh infections were recorded in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India on Sunday reported the lowest single-day COVID-19 rise in 46 days with 1,65,553 cases reported in the last 24 hours while 3,460 people died due to the COVID-19 infection taking the total COVID-related death count to 3,25,972.

The weekly positivity rate continues to decline and stood at 9.36 per cent today.

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