Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Covid not over yet, cases rising in some states: Mandaviya

With some states witnessing a spike in COVID-19 cases, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya asserted on Monday that the pandemic was not over yet and stressed on being vigilant and observing Covid-appropriate behaviour.
The minister appealed to states and union territories to continue and strengthen surveillance and focus on genome sequencing for identifying new variants in the country.
Mandaviya held a meeting with health ministers and senior officials of states and union territories via video conference to review the progress of vaccination exercise under the Har Ghar Dastak 2.0 campaign, the Health Ministry said in a statement.
Highlighting increased case positivity rate in some districts and states and reduced COVID-19 testing, Mandaviya stated that increased and timely testing will enable early identification of cases and help curb spread of the infection in the community.
The minister stated that the five-fold strategy of test, track, treat, vaccination and adherence to COVID-19-appropriate behaviour needs to be continued and monitored by states and UTs. States were also urged to focus on implementing the Operational Guidelines for Revised Surveillance Strategy for COVID-19 which focuses on surveillance of incoming international travellers and surveillance through health facilities, labs, community, etc., the statement said.
Stressing on importance of COVID-19 vaccination among the vulnerable age groups, he urged the state health ministers to personally review the status and progress of the special month-long drive– Har Ghar Dastak 2.0 campaign — which started on June 1.
India’s daily Covid-19 positivity rate over 3%
With 8,084 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, India’s tally of Covid-19 cases rose to 4,32,30,101, while the daily positivity rate was over 3% after nearly four months, according to the Health Ministry on Monday.
The death toll climbed to 5,24,771 with 10 fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. The active cases comprise 0.11 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was 98.68 per cent, the ministry said.
An increase of 3,482 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 3.24 per cent and the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.21 per cent, according to the ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,26,57,335, while the case fatality rate was 1.21 per cent.
The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 195.19 crore.