PM Modi chairs high-level review meeting on Covid situation, preparedness

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The Union health ministry last week wrote to six states that reported a rise in Covid-19 cases, asking them to follow a risk assessment-based approach to prevent and contain the spread of infection.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting today to review the public health preparedness amid rise in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases. The high-level meeting was held at 4:30pm.

India has recorded 1,134 fresh infections, with the active cases rising to 7,026, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Wednesday.

The Covid-related death toll climbed to 5,30,813 with five more fatalities. One death each has been reported by Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra while one fatality was reconciled by Kerala. The daily positivity was recorded at 1.09 per cent while the weekly positivity was pegged at 0.98 per cent.

The Union heath ministry last week wrote to six states that were reporting a rise in Covid cases, suggesting that a possible localised spread of coronavirus could be causing the increase in cases.

“There are a few states which are reporting higher numbers of cases indicating possible localised spread of infection, and there is a need to follow a risk assessment based approach to prevent and contain the infection,” said Union health secretary, Rajesh Bhushan, in a letter to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.

“It is essential that the state must maintain a strict watch and take pre-emptive action if required in any areas of concern to control emerging spread of infection,” Bhushan said.

Hindustan Times

( National )

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