The Center cautioned that coronavirus is spreading faster this time than last year, and Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “People seem to have taken steps like wearing masks to fight the disease … ‘
Amidst the demands of introducing vaccination in all age groups to give impetus to the vaccination campaign against COVID-19, it seems that the central government is considering to make all those above 18 years of age eligible to be vaccinated, While at present, only people above the age of 45 years are being given the Corona vaccine.
On Tuesday, Delhi also became one of the states that have implemented night curfew to control coronavirus infection. On Tuesday, 5,100 new cases have been registered in Delhi, which is the highest figure for this year.
According to daily data released by various states and union territories, the nationwide figure has crossed 1,07,000 on Tuesday, the highest figure for any single day since the first case reported on January 30, 2020. The number of COVID-19 cases in one day in the country has crossed the one lakh mark for the second time in three days. Earlier, on Sunday, 1,03,558 new cases were registered in the country during 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the central government said on Tuesday that due to increasing intensity of the epidemic, Kovid-19 is spreading at a much faster pace than last year and in view of this, the next four weeks are going to be very important. The government insisted on public participation to control the second wave of infection.
NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr. V.K. Paul had told a press conference that the epidemic situation has worsened in the country due to the rapid increase in cases.
He said that the weapons to fight the epidemic are the same. Follow the rules of protection from Kovid-19, identify the blocked areas, investigation etc. should be implemented more effectively, improvement of medical infrastructure and expeditious vaccination operations are needed.
Dr. Paul said, “The intensity of the epidemic has increased and it is spreading more rapidly than the last time … In some states it (conditions) are worse than others, but the increase (in cases) is seen across the country. May go…”
He said, “Public participation is important to control the second wave … The next four weeks are going to be very important … The whole country will have to unite and make efforts to fight the epidemic …”
Paul said that along with the cases of coronavirus, death cases are also increasing. “Despite this, in view of the population and deaths per million, we are doing a good job to control the epidemic …” The government has been consistently saying that investigations, lack of contact detection and Cases of infection have increased rapidly due to reasons such as non-adherence to infection prevention and congestion.
Discussing in detail the state of the epidemic in the country, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Monday said that the Durg district of Chhattisgarh is among the top ten districts in sub-judice cases, while seven districts are in Maharashtra and one in Karnataka. He said that Delhi has been considered as a district and it is also included in this list. He said that the ten districts where the maximum number of cases are being reported are – Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Nashik, Bengaluru city, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Delhi and Durg.
According to the Health Secretary, Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh still remain states of concern. In the case of Maharashtra, this is in view of the total number of cases of infection and total number of deaths due to infection, whereas it is worrisome given the number of patients from Punjab and Chhattisgarh in total deaths due to infection across the country. Bhushan said that the Center has set up 50 high-level public health teams and has been deployed in districts with more cases and more deaths due to infection in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Punjab.
These teams are being deployed in 30 districts of Maharashtra, 11 districts of Chhattisgarh and nine districts of Punjab. The Health Ministry said that on April 5, more than 43 lakh doses of anti-infection vaccine were given, which is the highest number ever in a day. Together, 8,31,10,926 doses had been given in the country till Monday. Bhushan said that the situation in India is much better in this context. India is the fastest running in terms of vaccination campaign.
He said that the incidence of infection per million people in India is still the lowest. In India, there are 9,192 infections per million people, while in the US it is 91,757, in France 71,718 and in Britain 64,216. On a global basis, there are 16,783 cases of infection per 1 million population.
Regarding the cases of Kovid-19 re-infection, ICMR Director General Balaram Bhargava said, “We have studied the data on re-infection cases in India … globally, re-infection cases are about 1 percent. … “Later in the night, the Ministry of Health rejected the report which claimed that the Center has said that the Kumbh Mela has become a major contagious event. The ministry termed it as ‘wrong and bogus’. The Center has already issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), which is to be followed at the Kumbh Mela.
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