Covid-19 fourth wave: Centre writes to states, UTs; calls for rapid testing as cases rise

Covid-19 fourth wave: Centre writes to states, UTs; calls for rapid testing as cases rise

New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday requested all states and Union territories to guarantee a excessive stage of testing in areas reporting new or clusters of Covid-19 cases whereas emphasising on the necessity to observe the five-fold technique of combating the illness.

This technique is test-track-treat, vaccination and Covid applicable behaviour. In a letter to the states/UTs, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan mentioned prior to now two weeks, an upsurge in cases has been seen even as there was a sustained and important decline within the variety of cases throughout the nation through the previous 4 months.

In the week ending June 8, 4,207 common every day new cases have been reported as in contrast to 2,663 common every day cases within the week ending June 1, he highlighted within the letter. There has additionally been a rise within the weekly positivity fee from 0.63 per cent (week ending June 1) to 1.12 per cent (week ending June 8).

In the final 24 hours, 7,240 new coronavirus cases have been reported in India, out of which, 81 per cent of cases have been reported from Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi and Karnataka (in descending order of the variety of new cases reported).

Bhushan mentioned particular strategic areas of intervention for states/UTs like testing and surveillance, scientific administration, vaccination, Covid applicable behaviour and neighborhood engagement with an elevated give attention to evidence-based decision-making was underlined.

“Given the importance of enough testing in early identification of cases and offering an correct image of the extent of an infection unfold, it’s required that states/UTs should guarantee excessive stage of testing in all such areas which might be reporting new cases/cluster of cases,” he mentioned.

The well being secretary additionally suggested the states and Union territories (UTs) to monitor common every day testing per million as effectively as share of RT-PCR in whole assessments carried out. “This will allow states/UTs to take well timed pre-emptive motion wherever required,” the letter said.

States/UTs should additionally improve monitoring of Influenza-like Illness (ILI) and SARI cases in all well being amenities frequently for detecting early warning alerts of the unfold of an infection, he burdened.

Genome sequencing of prescribed samples of worldwide passengers as effectively as the gathering of samples from sentinel websites (recognized well being amenities) and the native cluster of latest COVID-19 cases is equally essential. Such samples should be despatched promptly by state/UTs to a delegated lab of INSACOG community for genome sequencing, Bhushan underlined.

States/UTs have additionally been suggested to proceed implementation and monitoring of obligatory measures for immediate and efficient administration of COVID-19 and to guarantee compliance with varied advisories issued by the ministry. The five-fold technique must be adopted diligently and enforcement be monitored repeatedly.

“States/UTs should not decrease their guard and proceed working in the direction of constructing on the progress made to date to convey the pandemic state of affairs below management,” Bhushan added.

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