As festival season approaches, the government on Thursday warned of a spike in coronavirus infections and stressed that the call of the hour is vaccine acceptance, maintaining appropriate behavior to COVID-19, responsible travel and responsible festivities.
Noting that there is an overall stabilization of COVID-19 cases, he urged people to be careful over the next two or three months to maintain the gains made so far in managing the pandemic.
“Overall, there is a stabilization of COVID-19 cases and Kerala has also reported a drop in cases. Mizoram is a worrying state, but we hope conditions improve there with rapid vaccination and pandemic response and containment.
“In the next two to three months, we must ensure that there is no upsurge … It is also the time of the festivities and also when the cases of influenza increase … we ask everyone to be careful and to keep the gains that we have made (in the management of the pandemic) “, said Dr VK Paul, member of NITI Aayog (health), during a press briefing.
He also called on every state, district, municipality to be prepared to deal with any increase in providing home care and preparing in hospitals, human resources and oxygen requirements.
“There is the role of administration and government in that and through our channels we have to lend a hand, building resources, transferring resources and whatever is happening, but society has to contribute as well. . Let us push the vaccination program which is our real shield towards the future. Those who have not received a dose should be vaccinated, ”said Paul.
ICMR Director Dr Balram Bhargava said: “Festivals are in an anvil and the sudden increase in population density creates an environment very conducive to viral spread. If there is a sudden increase in population density anywhere, the virus finds it very helpful to now be in acceptance of vaccines, in maintaining appropriate behavior in Covid, responsible travel and responsible festivities. “
Thirty-four districts nationwide report a weekly positivity rate of more than 10% and the figure is between five and 10% in 32 districts, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.
“For us and for the states where these districts are located, these are districts of concern and these are areas where the parameters of behavior, vaccination, surveillance and testing appropriate to Covid must be strictly and effectively monitored,” Bhushan said.
He said Kerala reported 67.79% of total COVID-19 cases in India last week and was the only state with more than 1 lakh of active cases.
The commissioning of 3,631 PSA factories will produce 4,500 tonnes of medical oxygen and 1,595 of them are already in service, he said.
Of the 3,631 factories, 1,491 factories are controlled from central resources and 2,140 from states and other resources.
So far, 1,595 PSA factories have been commissioned and supply 2,088 MT of medical oxygen to patients at various hospitals across the country, he said.
The government said 20% of India’s adult population received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and 62% at least one dose.
In addition, 99% of health workers received the first dose while 82% of eligible health workers took the second dose.
He said 100% of frontline workers received the first dose, while 78% of them received the second dose.
According to the data, the average daily doses administered in a month increased from 19.69 lakh in May to 39.89 lakh in June, then to 43.41 lakh in July and 59.19 lakh in August.
The average daily vaccination during the first 15 days of September was 74.40 lakh per day, Bhushan said.
Regarding the administration of vaccines by the private sector, Bhushan said there was no quota reserved for the private sector. There is an indicative percentage of what the government would buy and what would be available to the private sector, so that actually means that if the private sector is not able to buy or use the expected percentage, so whatever the shortfall it will also be bought by the government because at the end of the day everything that is produced in the country has to be used.
Regarding the flu cases, Bhushan said that during the rainy season when the clean water becomes stagnant, a dengue epidemic takes place.
“Each year, the Center gives these instructions to states on what to do. The states also have sentinel sites that examine samples from dengue patients and these results are shared with the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program and the NCDC (National Center for Disease Control) Treatment is symptomatic … and like every year this year too, the Center asked states to pay attention.
“At present, news of the dengue epidemic has been received from Delhi, Haryana, UP and WB and Gujarat and Assam. In UP, the Center had sent a team and UP had also deployed its team and… the necessary measures are being taken, ”says Bhushan.
When asked if a new national immunization record would be set on Friday for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday, Bhushan said, “We have been running the immunization program from January 16 until today. that the whole country is vaccinated, this program will continue.
With an additional 30,570 people testing positive for COVID-19, the overall number of infections in India has risen to 3.33,47,325, while the number of active cases has dropped to 342,923, according to the Department of Health of India. ‘Union Thursday.
The death toll from the disease has climbed to 4,439,228 with 431 daily deaths recorded, according to data updated by the ministry at 8 a.m.
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