The chief minister, who is himself working from isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 on March 22, asked officials to ramp up testing in view of the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar and make arrangements required for the safety of people during the forthcoming "Char Dham Yatra" season.
The ministry further said that Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh reported a steep rise in daily new cases.
An estimated 87% of Italy's newest cases have been traced to the highly contagious variant first detected in Britain.
The Centre on Saturday directed the states and UTs that no fresh registrations of healthcare and frontline workers will be allowed since some ineligible beneficiaries were getting their names enlisted for vaccination against COVID-19, under this category, in violation of rules.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with HCWs getting inoculated and the vaccination of FLWs started from February 2.
The Lombardy region, Italy's biggest, has suffered more COVID-19 infections and deaths than any other but still has had a faltering vaccination campaign, earning a personal visit this week from Italy's new virus czar, Gen. Francesco Figliuolo.
More than three months into Italy's nationwide vaccination campaign, Lombardy this week opened a new centralised appointment portal. He said the criticism of the regional effort was "nauseating". Lombardy, which counts one-sixth of the population and has long prided itself on its healthcare system, has administered 1.7 million doses.
Uttarakhand should become a state with 100 per cent vaccination, the chief minister said during a review meeting, asking officials to prepare a fool-proof plan for this.
"For those who are Christians celebrating Easter, today means above all to be good and honest citizens", said the Rev. Michele Viviano, parish priest of the Salesian parish of Don Bosco in San Gregorio di Catania, Sicily.