With India’s Covid-19 case doubling in just 11 days, a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan was held on Tuesday to review the situation and adopt a Covid management and response strategy with all Union Territories chief secretaries. Does.
On April 20, 2 fresh 3,000 cases were found in India, compared to 131,000 cases on April 9. The number is even more surprising considering that 20,000 cases were reported daily in India on January 1, but since April 15 it has cut more than 200,000 cases per day.
Also present at the meeting via video conferencing were Dr. VK Paul, Member (Health) NITI Yoga, Dr. Balaram Bhargava, Secretary, Department of Health Research (DHR) and Director General-Medical Research of Medical Research (ICMR). Director General of Police of all UTs were also present.
UTIs present detailed reports each week on the number of new cases, RT-PCR and rapid antigen testing, positive rates and mortality, as well as measures to spread the infection and manage positive cases. Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir and Lakshadweep said the increase in cases was due to the large number of domestic travelers.
Lakshadweep has seen a sudden increase in the case of Kovid since April 14, with a large influx of tourists to the mainland for shopping during the festival. UTIS said that curfews, such as night curfews and restrictions on inter-island traffic, are being strictly enforced. Chandigarh is conducting door-to-door campaigns to encourage people to be vaccinated, and mobile teams were deployed to monitor the positive 90% of patients who were isolated at home.
Valla called on the UTIs to keep a close watch on the evolving situation and to implement cowardly-appropriate behavior among the people. He said UTs must impose restrictions on movement, regulate market hours and ban gatherings. The Home Secretary advised UTs to increase RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests as well as ramp up hospital infrastructure.
Concerned about the situation, Paul said the next three weeks would be critical for Covid-19’s response and called for the UT administration to plan ahead, and conduct a survey to identify peer-positive people. He suggested that the islands could be turned into large content zones.