Centre may use NDMA to issue orders to states as Kerala, northeast states see Covid spike

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The Centre may consider using the National Disaster Management Act to issue directions to states where Covid positivity rates are high unless the situation changes for the better and central advisories to restrict movement are followed in areas currently recording worrying levels of infections.

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Published on August 2, 2021 -  01:31
United States Reaches Bidenโ€™s 70% COVID-19 Vaccination Goal
United States Reaches Bidenโ€™s, 70% COVID-19 Vaccination Goal. CDC data shows that 70 percent of adults in the United States have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. . This means that the country has finally achieved a country-wide goal set by President Joe Biden, which was initially supposed to be met by the Fourth of July. . Although a month late, the vaccination victory is nevertheless a significant achievement for the U.S. . Federal health officials view the 70 percent milestone as a crucial step towards achieving herd immunity. . Herd immunity occurs when enough people in a population (the herd) are immune to an infectious disease, therefore making the spread of said disease less likely. . As a result, the entire community, including those who are not immune to the disease, become protected. . Unfortunately, family physician Dr. Natasha Bhuyan believes nationwide immunity does not properly take local communities with lower vaccination rates into account. . Even if America reaches 70% or 75%, if we continue to have ZIP codes and neighborhoods at 40 or 50%, they will continue to be at risk of having outbreaks and being hot spots, Dr. Natasha Bhuyan, via CNBC. The United States is averaging about 660,000 vaccinations per day according to the CDC. This is a significant drop from peak levels in mid-April, when more than three million shots were being given daily. . Overall, 20 states and the District of Columbia have surpassed the 70 percent milestone. . On the other hand, 12 states have not yet achieved a 60 percent vaccination rate. Mississippi has the lowest vaccination rate, with only 50 percent of adults in the state having received at least one dose of a vaccine.

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