New Delhi: As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, six states including Maharashtra are reporting a surge in the daily new cases. Maharashtra alone constitutes 65% of the country’s daily new cases with 25,833 new cases, followed by Punjab with 2,396 and Kerala with 1,899 new cases.
Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh together account for 80.63% of the daily new cases. 39,726 new daily cases were reported in the last 24 hours. The Ministry said that the Centre is actively engaging with all the state and UT governments, especially those showing an upsurge in daily new cases. The Union Government is regularly reviewing the status of COVID containment and public health measures with them.
States advised to take more RT-PCR tests- Test, Track and Treat!
States/UTs have been advised by the Centre to improve testing in districts reporting a reduction in testing and increase the overall share of RT-PCR tests (more than 70%), especially in districts dependent on high levels of antigen testing in line with the ‘Test Track & Treat’ strategy of the government.
They are also advised to carry out an average close contact tracing of a minimum of 20 persons per positive case (in the first 72 hours) along with isolation and early treatment of the serious cases as per clinical protocol. It is also advised to focus on surveillance and stringent containment of those areas in selected districts that are seeing a cluster of cases and focus on clinical management in districts reporting higher deaths.
Track the variants of the virus
It has been advised that the States and UTs should also follow up on sending samples for genome testing to track virus variants of concern. All States/UTs have been tagged to 10 national labs under the INSACOG consortium with National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) as the nodal institute. States/UTs have been asked to limit the gathering in public places along with promoting COVID-appropriate behaviour through communication and enforcement and accelerate vaccination for priority population groups in districts reporting higher cases. Accelerating the pace of vaccination has also been stressed upon.
Recently, the Centre had deputed high-level Public Health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab to assist in COVID-19 control and containment measures in view of the recent spike in cases in these states. The Central Government had earlier deputed high-level teams to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Jammu and Kashmir to support them in their fight against the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
India is currently the third most affected country behind the United States of America and Brazil with 29,665,641 cases and 11,780,820 cases respectively, according to Johns Hopkins Research Center.