Covid-19 Vaccination: Telangana Halts First Dose Till May 12, Focuses on 2nd Dose Amid Supply Crunch

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Amid shortage of Covi-19 vaccines, Telangana health officials have stopped registration for first dose of inoculation and have, instead, intensified the drive to give jabs to people awaiting their second dose. The government said that those people who have taken their first dose can go to any government vaccination centre for the second round on 10, 11 or 12 May.

Vaccination centres are witnessing huge rush of people across the state as fresh coronavirus cases continue to mount at an exponential rate. Amid the intensified vaccination drive, the health officials are more focused on breaking the chain of coronavirus transmission Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, health secretary S Rizvi and other officials visited Golconda Hospital on Saturday where they inspected the preparedness of the healthcare services.

Telangana on Saturday reported 5,186 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to over 4.92 lakh while the toll rose to 2,704 with 38 more casualties. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 904, followed by Rangareddy (399) and Medchal Malkajgiri (366), a government bulletin said.

Active cases stood at 68,462 and over 69,000 samples were tested, it said.

The total number of cumulative cases stood at 4,92,385 while 7,994 recoveries took the number of those discharged to 4,21,219.

Over 1.35 crore samples have been tested so far. The samples tested per million population was over 3.64 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent, while it was 1.1 per cent at the national level. The recovery rate was 85.54 per cent, while it was 81.9 per cent in the country.

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