Intensive containment in high surge areas, PM Modi examines preparation: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

New Delhi, January 9

With India seeing a 678% increase in active Covid-19 cases over the past 13 days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a high-level response readiness review with senior officials and called for an urgent preparation of medical infrastructure at district level. to deal with the surge.

He was also briefed on the peak scenarios predicting the outbreak, with elections in five states, UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, scheduled to start on February 10.

Between December 27, 2021 and today, active Covid cases (which require hospital or home care) have increased from 75,841 to 5,90,611, a jump of 678% that can quickly overwhelm healthcare systems. health. Daily cases also crossed 1.50 lakh today to stand at 1,59,632 even as the daily positivity rate, a marker of the spread of infection, reached 10.21% from 0.87 % two weeks ago.

PM chairs a review meeting on Covid in New Delhi. PTI

The WHO, meanwhile, called the continued outbreak of Covid around the world “astonishing” with 10 million cases reported in one week and urged countries to ensure proper masking of citizens.

Prime Minister Modi called for intensive containment and surveillance in clusters reporting higher cases during a review meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, member of NITI Aayog (Health) VK Paul, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Guba, Interior Minister AK Bhalla, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and ICMR Chief Balram Bhargava.

He said technical support should be provided to states reporting higher cases and effective use of masks and physical distancing measures, as a new standard must be guaranteed. The prime minister insisted on the effective implementation of home isolation for mild and asymptomatic cases to offset the burden on hospitals, and said a meeting with state CMs would be held soon to discuss the scenarios. specific to the state.

Mandaviya will hold a review meeting with state health ministers tomorrow. Emphasizing the need for continuity of non-Covid health services while managing Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that adequate health infrastructure at district level must be ensured and the vaccination campaign for adolescents must be accelerated.

“There is a need to continue scientific research on tests, vaccines and pharmacological interventions, including genome sequencing, as the virus is continually evolving,” the Prime Minister said, calling for telemedicine to be actively used.

The PM attended a presentation on the Wave and Districts of Concern, various predictive peak scenarios and state use as part of the Covid Emergency Response Package (ECRP-II) intended to help create Covid-specific infrastructure, including oxygen equipment.

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