The Union Health Ministry on Thursday, marked several states as “ states of concern”. There are more than 50,000 active covid19 cases in 10 states. According to the PTI, 515 districts reported more than 5% of infections each week.
Top 10 states of active covid-19 cases
1. Maharashtra - 5,78,460
2. Karnataka - 3,54,350
3. Tamil Nadu - 2,75,364
4. Delhi- 2,70,809
5. West Bengal - 2,46,176
6. Kerala - 2,42,780
7. UP - 1,81,211
8. Gujarat - 1,56,707
9. Rajasthan - 1,20,974
10. Odisha - 1,17,689
Almost 99% of COVID-19 patients in Delhi reported fever, cough, and sore throat. These upper respiratory tract infections were mostly found among 11-18 year olds. While Maharashtra recorded a rise of 22% of positive cases. Karnataka reported a rise from 0.5% to 15% in a matter of a few weeks . In Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the positive rate rose to 20% and 32.1%, respectively and Delhi had a rise of 30% while UP reported above 6% of positive cases.
Few points were highlighted during the press conference on Thursday . Among them the most important was Asia’s pointy surge in the international contribution of covid-19 cases which rose from 7.9% to about 18.4% in weeks, with India showcasing a sharp surge in covid-19 instances.
Further the Union Health Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan, said “ Among the states of concern, we are sending a central medical team to these states to continue monitoring and reviewing the situation”. Vaccines are still available in India and have significantly reduced mortality. In this third surge of COVID-19 therefore, we are currently not witnessing high cases of serious illness and death. 72% of the population have been fully vaccinated so far.
According to the report, as of January 20, 2022, there are 317,532 new cases, 380 deaths, and 19,224,051 active cases. In the previous wave, there were 3,86,452 new cases, 3059 deaths, and over 31 thousand active cases by April 30, 2021 .
One thing that would be a bit soothing is that 52% of children aged between 14-18 have been completely vaccinated. 94% of Indian adults have received their first jab and 72% of people their second. At the end of the press conference, the Health Ministry stated that a final decision of the national regulator is yet to be taken upon the recommendation to the DCGI that two more vaccines shall be provided. The health ministry is taking necessary steps to fight the third wave of Covid-19 and it is our responsibility to accept these steps and function accordingly.
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