Covid 19

Health Ministry Rings Covid Resurgence Alarm

“We may be tired but the virus is not,” said Union Health Ministry Joint Secretary, while appealing people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.

The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday expressed concern over the resurgence of Covid-19 pandemic in the country. It said that a slowdown in drop of Covid-19 cases was reported which is a “cause of concern”.

It has also appealed people not to show relaxation towards following Covid-appropriate protocols as co-infection along with coronavirus could be “problematic” for them in monsoon season.

Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry said, “There has been a consistent decline in the weekly average in the Covid-19 cases. But if we compare the rate of decline in cases, from earlier to now, its decrease remains the area of concern. We are in talks with states in this regard.”

Some points from the health ministry’s press briefing on Covid-19:

  • Consistent decline in average daily new Covid-19 cases reported since week ending May 11.The decline in Covid-19 cases is slow which is a cause of concern.
  • Nearly 22 districts – seven from Kerala, five from Manipur, three in Meghalaya among others – which have reported an increasing trend in daily new coronavirus cases during the last four weeks which is a cause of concern, said Dr VK Paul, NITI Aayog member on Health.
  • There are 54 districts across India which have reported more than 10 per cent positivity rate for the week ending July 26.
  • Pandemic is far from over as surge in Covid-19 cases are being noted globally. We may be tired but the virus is not, said Agarwal while appealing people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.
  • The health ministry has also appealed people to take precautions for co-infection in monsoon season. It warned saying, “Co-infection and Covid-19 can be problematic.”
  • We have a visibility of about 15 crore vaccine doses being available in August which means India’s daily Covid-19 vaccination will stay around 50 lakh doses per day in August, the Ministry said.
  • There are still 62 districts in the country where over 100 cases are reported every day. These cases are found in a localised and limited set of areas of these districts, Agarwal informed.

Health ministry sources also said that, Kerala and Maharashtra are not focusing enough on containment and thus reporting 50 per cent of new Covid-19 cases. The Covid-19 fatalities are low in these states because of their good health infrastructure and are focused more on mitigation process of treating cases than containment.

Meanwhile, India recorded less than 30,000 fresh coronavirus cases after 132 days while the active cases fell below 4,00,000 after 124 days on Tuesday. However, as many as 29,689 new Covid-19 infections took the country’s total tally of cases to 3,14,40,951 while 415 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 4,21,382.

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