New Delhi: As Covid-19 rears its head in the country again, Delhi was on Monday, May 2, leading the states with a total of 5,997 active cases. This was followed by Kerala which reported a total of 2,830 active cases, Haryana with 2,496 cases, Karnataka at 1,780, and Uttar Pradesh making to the list of the states with current active cases of over a thousand with a total of is 1,587 active Covid-19 cases.
On May 1, the UP administration announced the decision to place prohibitory measures under section 144 in the Gautam Budh Nagar district till May 31. The official Twitter handle of the Police Commissioner shared the order which prohibits of assembly of five or more “in view of the upcoming festivals and rising Covid infection”. Eid will be celebrated on May 3.
The district is a part of Delhi NCR and includes the areas of Noida, Greater Noida, Dadri, Jewar and Dankaur.
The country on May 2 recorded a cumulative Covid caseload of 19,500, with 3,157 new cases reported in the last 24 hours according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The active caseload in UP is 1,587, which puts the active ratio at 0.08 per cent, change since yesterday being a rise of 49 cases.
When UP announced on April 18 that wearing face masks was mandatory again public places, the active caseload in the state stood at 856 a few days later on April 21, the country stood at 11,542 with 2,183 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours.
At the same time, the Supreme Court in its judgment on vaccination has ruled that “no one can be forced to get vaccinated”. The Bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai delivered the judgement on the plea challenging mandatory Covid-19 vaccine mandates as unconstitutional, saying, “Bodily integrity is protected under Article 21 of the Constitution and nobody can be forced to be vaccinated, however, certain limitations on individual rights could be imposed in the interest of community health,” reported Bar and Bench. The Bench on the basis of available material and considering expert views on severe diseases, hospital admissions, etc., ruled that the current vaccine policy cannot be termed “unreasonable”.
The top court also said that the condition imposed by some state governments in restricting access of unvaccinated people to public places is arbitrary and should be recalled in the current situation.
The petition before the Supreme Court was filed by Jacob Puliyel, a former member of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), who was seeking disclosure of clinical trial data and argued that the states mandating vaccination for accessing benefits or services is a violation of citizens’ rights, and therefore, unconstitutional.
At present, the Ministry of Health data shows that the country has seen a vaccination coverage exceeding 189.23 Crore. There is over 2.91 Crore in the age group of 12-14 years who have received their first dose of vaccines
Those who have received their third dose, which the government has dubbed as a “precaution dose” includes 150,86,135 of over 60-year-olds, followed by 5,97,957 of those is the age group between 45-59; and a total of 1,82,461 in the ages between 18-44 who have been administered their third dose.