The Centre has further eased Covid-19 guidelines for international travelers as it has dropped requirements for RT-PCRtesting of a random 2 per cent subset of visitors, according to a communique issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday.
According to these rules, animal birth control programmes, sterilisation and vaccination of stray dogs will be carried out by local bodies, municipalities, municipal corporations, and panchayats.
Vaccinations given to children at a young age improve their immunity to certain infections.
A working paper released by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said the campaign yielded a positive economic impact by preventing a loss of $18.3 billion.
After 52 days of zero new Covid- 19 cases, Cambodia has now detected new infections, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen.
According to the health department, the last time the state had recorded more than 200 daily new cases was during the end of February.
Communication in this regard has been sent by Union health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan to all the States and UTs as he reviewed the status of Covid vaccination with health secretaries and other officials last week.
Noting that India has been able to deal with the situation better than many countries, Modi drew attention to the increase in the number of cases in some states in the last weeks. ''Increasing cases show that we need to stay alert,'' he added.
PM Modi's statements come a day after the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) to Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for the age group of 6-12 years.