COVID-19: Vaccines Are Answer, Not One-Day Lockdowns, Says Omar

SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Sunday said one-day shutdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19 is a “meaningless tokenism” which can lead to complacency and called for allowing more people to take a vaccine against coronavirus.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Omar wrote: “With a rampaging virus that has a 2-14 day incubation period this one day lockdown is meaningless tokenism. All it will do is create a misplaced sense of complacency. Vaccines are the answer not one day lockdowns. Open up vaccines to more people.”

As per the Union Health Ministry, on the 64th day of COVID vaccination, 16.12 lakh people got vaccinated and more than 4.36 crore COVID vaccine doses stand administered overall.

The total figure includes 77,63,276 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 48,51,260 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 80,49,848 frontline workers (FLWs) (1stdose), 25,41,265FLWs (2nd dose), 1,69,58,841 beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 35,11,074 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific comorbidities, the ministry said.

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