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“We should be alert and mindful,” says Dr V K Paul on current COVID situation in country, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: The situation because of COVID-19 is stable, but we need to be cautious, said Dr V.K. Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, on Wednesday. Dr Paul, who has been an integral part of the Union Government’s core team for COVID-19 pandemic response, was responding to a question on rising COVID-19 infections across the country coupled with seasonal flu.

Speaking exclusively to ETHealthworld on the sidelines of an event, Dr Paul addressed the state of confusion among people across the country due to sudden fickle downturn in SARS-CoV-2 infection cases over the past couple of days. While calling the current situation stable, Dr Paul talked about the need to be mindful and alert.

People with COVID-19 symptoms should get themselves tested, urged Dr Paul. To stop the infection from spreading further, Dr Paul remarked, “If you have symptoms, then please stay at home so that you don’t infect others.”

Dr Paul suggested that people should take enough precautionary measures, especially for those who are at higher risk of getting affected due to the novel Corona virus. “Citizens must take precautions, particularly for the elderly and those with co-morbidities,” stated the public health expert who also headed the National Task Force on COVID-19.

ETHealthworld earlier caught up with experts to understand the reasons behind the rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. Among several reasons, infectious disease experts and pulmonologists agreed that people are losing out on immunity enabled by the primary doses and have not been very enthusiastic about the precautionary dosage.

Notably, as of April 26, 2023, India had administered so far 2,206,650,086 doses of total vaccines working against the COVID-19 virus. Out of which, 22,87,24,850 are precautionary (or booster doses), and the remaining 1,97,79,25,236 are primary vaccination doses. The overall percentage of administering booster doses under the national immunisation plan stands at merely 10.36 per cent. Despite the fact that primary immunisation coverage against the COVID-19 virus happened at least a year ago, if not more.

When asked about the lower penetration of the booster doses, Dr Paul said that as per the policy, people must come forward. “They should,” responded Dr Paul and emphasised, “particularly those who are elderly and those with comorbidities,” take booster shots.


  • Updated On Apr 26, 2023 at 02:22 PM IST
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  • Published On Apr 26, 2023 at 02:22 PM IST
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