The central government has swung into action amidst increasing cases of corona virus infection in some parts of the country once again. The government has asked Delhi and six states to ensure adequate testing, promote adherence to corona rules and speed up vaccination to check this increase.
In a letter to Delhi, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Telangana, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has said that upcoming festivals and mass gatherings in different parts of the country could potentially contribute to the spread of infectious diseases including COVID-19. can help.
In this letter dated August 5, he stressed that it is important to ensure adequate testing in all districts of the states while maintaining the recommended share of RT-PCR and antigen tests. States should closely monitor districts with high number of cases and high positivity rates to contain the spread of infection and for effective case management.
In his letter to Delhi, Rajesh Bhushan said that the average daily new cases in the capital for the last one month is 811, with the highest number of 2202 new cases being reported on August 5.
Delhi contributed 8.2 per cent to India’s weekly new cases for the week ended August 5 and registered a 1.86-fold increase in average daily new cases, from 802 in the week ended July 29 to 1,492 in the week ended August 5. has occurred.
Delhi also recorded an increase in the weekly positivity rate, rising from 5.90 per cent in the week ended July 29 to 9.86 per cent in the week ended August 5.
Bhushan said an average of 2,347 cases were reported daily in Kerala and 2,135 in Maharashtra in the last one month. He also cited the district-wise spread of the infection.
He requested the states to ensure effective compliance of the revised surveillance strategy for COVID-19, which has been shared by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
He said that genome sequencing of prescribed samples of international travelers as well as collection of samples from surveillance sites and local clusters of new COVID-19 cases is equally important. Bhushan said that such samples should be sent immediately to the designated laboratory by the states and union territories for genome sequencing.
He said that there is a need for renewed attention to ensure COVID-appropriate behavior in crowded places like markets, inter-state bus stands, schools, colleges, railway stations etc.
He said that the states should aim to speed up vaccination for all eligible population and free booster dose for the eligible population above 18 years in all Government COVID Vaccination Centers (CVCs) under ‘Covid Vaccination Amrit Mahotsav’ by 30th September. Aim to expedite deployment.
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