Covid situation may change rapidly: Centre

Covid situation may change rapidly: Centre
NEW DELHI, JAN 10 (PTI) | Publish Date: 1/10/2022 12:32:07 PM IST

As India registered the highest single-day spike of new Covid-19 infections in nearly eight months, Centre on Monday said five to 10% of active cases in the current surge so far needed hospitalisation but the situation is dynamic and may change rapidly, and cautioned states against any “lapses” in their preparedness.

Centre sounded a note of caution on a day when the country began administering a “precautionary” dose against the viral infection. It asked states to keep a watch on cases under home isolation and in hospitals.

In a letter all states, union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that during the second surge of COVID infections in the country, the percentage of active cases that needed hospital care was in the range of 20-23%.

“In the present surge, five to 10% of active cases needed hospitalisation so far. The situation is dynamic and evolving. Therefore, the need for hospitalisation may also change rapidly.”

Bhushan advised all states to keep a daily watch on the situation of the total number of all active cases.

Citing global data, the INSACOG said that in view of Omicron’s explosive spread potential the threat level is still very high globally, especially in regions with low population immunity, as the apparent reduction in severity compared to Delta and other previous outbreaks is mainly because of higher population immunity from previous infections and vaccination.

According to data updated by the Health ministry at 8 am, India recorded 1,79,723 new infections taking the total tally to 3,57,07,727 including 4,033 cases of the Omicron variant reported across 27 states and union territories so far.

No need to test contacts of Covid +ve patients unless identified as high-risk
Contacts of confirmed Covid cases do not need to get tested unless identified as “high-risk” based on age or comorbidities, according to a new government advisory. 
Indian Council of Medical Research, Advisory on Purposive Testing Strategy for COVID-19 also said individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travels do not need to get tested either.
It said testing can be undertaken either through RT-PCR, TrueNat, CBNAAT, CRISPR, RT-LAMP, Rapid Molecular Testing Systems or through Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
A positive point-of-care test (home or self-test/RAT) and molecular test is to be considered confirmatory without any repeat testing, the advisory said. 
Symptomatic individuals, testing negative on home/self-test or RAT should undertake RT-PCR test, it stated. 
“People who need not be tested: Contacts of confirmed cases of Covid unless identified as high risk based on age or comorbidities and individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel,” said the advisory. 
It further said that asymptomatic individuals in community setting, people who stand discharged as per home isolation norms and patients “being discharged” from a Covid facility as per revised discharge policy also need not be tested.
Listing the category of people who could be tested, the advisory said in community settings, symptomatic individuals, at-risk contacts (elderly over 60 years of age and individuals with co-morbidity) of laboratory confirmed cases may be tested for COVID-19.

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