Sixty-nine per cent of the country's adult population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 25 per cent has taken both doses, the government said on Thursday.
It also said increased population density raises chances of COVID-19 spread and it will be prudent to avoid non-essential travel and observe festivity at low key.
A total of 67.4 lakh doses (approximately 0.88 pc) have been administered at vaccination centres not tagged as rural/urban, the government said.
It said that 59.66 per cent of the total COVID-19 cases last week were reported from Kerala and the state has over one lakh active cases.
The government also stressed that the number of COVID-19 tests has not reduced and 15 to 16 lakh tests are being done every day in the country.
Eighteen districts are reporting weekly COVID-19 positivity rate between five to ten per cent and 30 districts are reporting over 10 per cent weekly positivity rate, it said.
On the Zydus Cadila's COVID-19 vaccine, the government said that ZyCoV-D is a three-dose needle-free vaccine and it will be priced differently than jabs being used currently.
Talks are being held with the manufacturer on its pricing, it said.