The minister also sought to allay vaccine supply fears as he revealed that Friday marked the highest number of daily vaccinations in the NHS led programme so far.
Europe recorded 1 million new COVID-19 cases last week, an increase of 9% from the previous week and a reversal that ended a six-week decline in new infections, WHO said Thursday.
Moderna said on February 24 that it had shipped a variant-specific vaccine candidate to the US National Institutes of Health for review.
Since then, hospitals have treated more than 320,000 patients with COVID, with around one person with the virus admitted to critical care every 30 minutes.
A dozen MPs from Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ruling Conservatives have warned publicly that pupils risk becoming the pandemic's "forgotten victims" and demand schools fully reopen sooner.
Manchester City have been hard hit by the virus with 11 players and staff testing positive in recent weeks.
All these persons have been kept in single-room isolation in designated healthcare facilities by respective state governments, the ministry earlier had said.
The campaign made up of television, radio and newspaper adverts as well as a social media blitz-comes as the latest daily death toll hit a new peak of 1325 deaths, 68,053 new infections.
A total of 38 samples have been found to be positive with the new UK variant genome of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, confirmed the Union Health Ministry on Monday.
India had suspended all passenger flights connecting the two countries from December 23 to January 7 as a new variant of coronavirus emerged in the UK.
Gabriel Jesus and England defender Kyle Walker tested positive for the coronavirus, and three more positive cases were confirmed on December 28.
These 25 people include the 20 who were found positive with the mutated strain on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Many of them took to Twitter to express their displeasure over the announcement made by the Indian government of extending the suspension of flights till January 7.
The Civil Aviation Ministry had last week suspended all flights between the European country and India from December 23 to December 31 as a mutated variant of the coronavirus was detected there.
The tally includes six people who were found positive for the new virus strain on Tuesday.