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Focus on adequate testing, surveillance: Mandaviya at Covid review meeting

India has been witnessing a spike in daily Covid cases for the past few days.

Paras Bisht Edited by: Paras Bisht @ParasBisht15 New Delhi Updated on: June 23, 2022 20:38 IST
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A healthcare worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary, at Gateway of India, in Mumbai. 

Highlights

  • India again reported a rise on Wednesday with 12,249 fresh Covid infections
  • Active caseload of the country has risen to 81,687
  • India's daily positivity rate was reported at 3.94 per cent

Covid-19 cases in India: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya directed the officials to continue to focus on surveillance and whole-genome sequencing (WGS) to scan for any possible virus mutation at a review meeting on Thursday. Mandaviya chaired a meeting with key experts to review the Covid situation in the country.  

He laid stress on the vaccination of the elderly population along with school-going children. He further added that the districts that are reporting high positivity rates should be focused on by the authorities to control the spread of Covid as early as possible. 

"As there are adequate vaccine doses available, let there be no vaccine wastage while focusing on accelerating vaccination among the eligible and vulnerable groups," he directed.

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He also directed officials to monitor hospitalizations due to Covid, and SARI/ILI cases, the statement stated. He exhorted them to increase the pace of vaccination, including booster doses, in districts reporting high cases.

In the meeting, Health ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal made a detailed presentation on the global scenario of a surge in cases and the status of Covid in the country, the statement said. 

This included presentation and analysis of the trend of Covid cases, daily and active cases, positivity and deaths, testing status along with state-wise weekly tests per million, RT-PCR share in weekly tests, genome sequencing and vaccination status, it added. Twelve states and Union Territories -- Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Gujarat, Goa and Punjab have been recording an increase in weekly cases and positivity since June 10.

India's Covid Tally

India recorded 13,313 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 38 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday (June 23), the country saw a total of 10,972 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate to around 98.60 percent and total recoveries data reached 4,27,36,027. The total active cases of COVID-19 in India have risen to 83,990, the health ministry data showed today. Yesterday, the registered active cases were 81,687. 

(With Agencies Inputs) 

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