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New Delhi: The Union Department of Health has reduced the time interval between the second dose of Covid and the precautionary vaccine to six months from the previous nine months.

The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) made the decision in view of “evolving scientific evidence and global practice”.

The precautionary dose for people aged 18 to 59 would be given six months or 26 weeks after the second dose.

The same goes for people over 60 as well as healthcare and frontline workers – who would get it for free at government vaccination centres.

India on Wednesday recorded 16,159 new Covid cases, 15,394 recoveries and 28 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Health Department data shows active cases are now at 1,15,212.

Maharashtra tops the country’s Covid figures with 3,098 cases reported on Tuesday and six deaths. Although the infection rate has decreased in Mumbai, other districts like Thane and Raigad have shown a slight increase.

Delhi recorded 615 new cases with a positivity rate of 3.89%. There were three deaths on Tuesday.

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