The number of covid cases is increasing in some parts of the country. Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday chaired a meeting with officials and experts and directed them to continue to focus on surveillance and stressed on effective monitoring to assess the spread of the virus in a timely manner. He advised the officials to strictly focus on districts reporting high case positivity and undertake adequate testing (with a higher proportion of RT-PCR). He also asked officials to monitor hospitalisations due to Covid-19, and SARI/ILI cases.
“As there is adequate vaccine doses available, let there be no vaccine wastage, while focusing on accelerating vaccination among the eligible and vulnerable groups,” he said.
A total of 10 states — Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal and Gujarat — have over 1,000 active cases. “There’s a slight rise in the number of Covid cases but no need to worry. No new variant is there, the current variant is Omicron. Hospital occupancy is not at all increasing, the state health department monitoring the situation”. Kerala health minister Veena George said.
India reported 13,313 Covid cases in the last 24 hours – eight per cent higher than yesterday and the first time daily new cases breached the 13,000-mark since February 25. The country also reported 38 Covid-related deaths – up from 13 seen a day ago.