Newspaper Headlines: Coronavirus Cases Near 16-Lakh Mark, Centre Says Herd Immunity Not An Option In India

Updated: July 31, 2020 09:21 IST

India cannot count on herd immunity to stop the coronavirus pandemic given its demography and scale, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, adding that the country will have to rely on a vaccine to fully beat COVID-19. India crossed 15 lakh coronavirus cases this week and continues to have the fastest rate of growth in infections among the five worst-hit countries.

Newspaper Headlines: Coronavirus Cases Near 16-Lakh Mark, Centre Says Herd Immunity Not An Option In India
A Delhi court on Thursday sentenced former Samata Party chief Jaya Jaitly and two others to four years in jail in connection with the newsmagazine Tehelka's sting - Operation West End - on purpoted corruption in defence procurement. More
Newspaper Headlines: Coronavirus Cases Near 16-Lakh Mark, Centre Says Herd Immunity Not An Option In India
As overall cases of coronavirus in India crossed 16 lakh on Thursday and close to 5.5 lakh persons still remain under treatment for the infection, the Union health ministry urged people to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour till a vaccine is developed as the country is far from achieving any herd immunity. More
Newspaper Headlines: Coronavirus Cases Near 16-Lakh Mark, Centre Says Herd Immunity Not An Option In India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held up India's track record of providing developmental aid to neighbours without any conditions and in line with their priorities, in a tacit reference to China and the "debt trap" created by its big-ticket projects. The herd immunity level is "far away" for the Indian population and it can only be achieved through immunisation by vaccines, a top health ministry official said on Thursday and added that reaching this threshold - believed to be crucial for the Covid-19 outbreak to end - in any other manner will exact too high a cost. More
Newspaper Headlines: Coronavirus Cases Near 16-Lakh Mark, Centre Says Herd Immunity Not An Option In India
Former Union minister Saifuddin Soz was dragged back into his house here on Thursday by security personnel when he sought to address journalists from behind the barbed wire fortifying the boundary wall in Srinagar. China's "misleading" claims about the disengagement process having been completed at most of the friction points are aimed at imposing "a revised status quo" where it holds on to its newly claimed zones in eastern Ladakh, sources in the Indian security establishment have said. More

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