Kejriwal bats for ‘free vaccine’ amid row over BJP’s promise to Bihar

24 October, 2020 | Priyanka Sharma

Arvind Kejriwal National

Amid controversy over BJP's free vaccine promise to voters of Bihar, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that every citizen of the country should get the coronavirus vaccine for f...

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that it is right of every citizen to get coronavirus vaccine for free. “The entire country should get the vaccine for free, it is everyone’s right. We will see when the vaccine comes, what it’s like and how much it costs,” Kejriwal told reporters on being asked if his government would provide vaccine for free to residents.
On Thursday, BJP released its manifesto for three-phased Bihar elections and promised that after the approval of the coronavirus vaccine from ICMR, every person in the State will get vaccinated free of cost.

Union Finance Minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman released the party’s manifesto. “As soon as the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for production at a mass scale every person in Bihar will get free vaccination. This is the first promise mentioned in our poll manifesto,” Sitharaman said.

India continued to maintain active cases below 7 lakh for the second day, while total recoveries crossed 70 lakh. The active cases now comprise only 8.71 per cent of the total positive cases of the country, said Union Health Ministry on Saturday. According to an official release, the active cases at 6,80,680 were less than 7 lakh for the second consecutive day.
The active cases are on a continuous decline on a daily basis. This is a result of the successful TEST, TREAT, and TRACK strategy of the Union Government implemented by the States/UTs, the Health Ministry stated.

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The change in the active cases across the States and Union Territories (UTs) has been varied, indicating different stages in their fight against the pandemic. The declining trend of the active cases is complemented by the unbroken rising number of recovered cases. The total recovered cases have crossed the 70 lakh mark and stand at 70,16,046. The national Recovery Rate has further improved to 89.78 per cent.

Sixty-one per cent of the total recovered cases are from six States and Union territories (UTs) of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. New recoveries have exceeded new cases in recent days. 67,549 COVID patients have recovered and been discharged in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases stand at 53,370.

77 per cent of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 States and UTs. Maharashtra has contributed the maximum with more than 13,000 single day recovery. As many as 53,370 new confirmed cases were recorded in the last 24 hours. 80 per cent of the new cases are from 10 States and UTs.

Kerala is reporting the maximum addition with more than 8,000 cases followed by Maharashtra with more than 7,000 cases. 650 case fatalities have been reported in the past 24 hours. Of these, ten States and UTs account for nearly 80 per cent. Maharashtra has reported a maximum with 184 deaths.

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