Kolkata, India: The Government of India was reviewing burgeoning Covid-19 cases in India, Saturday, as delta variant threatens a world eager to return to the normal.
The Centre evaluated the COVID-19 situation in ten states where daily COVID cases and positives are on the rise, DDNews reported.
In clusters reporting greater incidence, authorities have been encouraged to take aggressive containment measures and conduct active surveillance.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan reportedly reviewed the COVID-19 situation in Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh, and Manipur.
States have been recommended to impose stringent limitations on districts with a positive rate of over 10% to prevent crowding and intermingling of people.
Any slackness at this point would lead to a worsening of the situation, the Government warned in its letter.
The government also advised that patients in home isolation should be closely monitored to ensure that those who require hospitalisation be transferred smoothly and promptly.
Dr Balram Bhargava, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research, has advised against complacency, stating that 46 districts still have more than 10% positivity, while another 53 districts have a positivity of five to ten per cent.
He advised nations to increase testing and vaccination for susceptible groups over the age of 45.
The nations were asked to examine overseas travellers using the INSACOG laboratory network for genomic surveillance.
Mushrooming outbreaks of the highly contagious Delta variant prompted China and Australia to impose stricter Covid-19 restrictions on Saturday as the WHO urged the world to quickly contain the mutation before it turns into something deadlier and draws out the pandemic.
Vaccinate the vagabonds
Meanwhile, amid a rising number of cases across the nation, the government showed urgency to vaccinate the poor and homeless who could aid in the spread of the virus.
According to the Govt. instruction, the states and union territories have been urged to make vagabonds and destitution a priority for immunisation as part of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Concerned state government departments were encouraged to enlist the aid of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), citizens, and volunteers in this effort.
According to the Ministry of Health, States and Union Territories have received more than 48 crores 78 lakh vaccination doses so far.
A total of 68 lakh 57 thousand 590 dosages are in the works, according to the report.
The ministry further stated that more than 3 crores 14 lakh COVID-19 Vaccine doses are still accessible for administration in states, union territories, and private institutions.