India records 18,327 new coronavirus cases & 108 deaths in the last 24 hours; 8 States show an uptick
India has recorded 18,327 new coronavirus cases and 108 deaths in the last 24 hours. in the last 24 hours with Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu have reported a high number of COVID daily new cases. They cumulatively account for 82% of the new cases reported in the past 24 hours according to an official statement.
Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 10,216. It is followed by Kerala with 2,776 while Punjab reported 808 new cases.
Eight states are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases.
108 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
Six States account for 85.2%of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (53). Kerala follows with 16 daily deaths andPunjabreported11 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Eighteen states/UTs have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Assam, Sikkim, Manipur, Ladakh (UT), Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Nagaland, Mizoram, A&N Islands, and D&D & D&N.
India’s total Active Caseload has reached 1,80,304 today. India’s present active caseload now stands at 1.61% of India’s total Positive Cases.
On the other hand, 21 States/UTs have less than 1,000 active cases. Arunachal Pradesh has reported only 3 active cases.
The graph below shows the change in active cases for States/UTs in the last 24 hours. Kerala, Chhattisgarh, and Tamil Nadu show a reduction in the active cases in the last 24 hours. On the other hand, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Haryana display a rise in the active cases during the same time period.
The statement said: The 2nd dose of COVID19 vaccination started on 13th February 2021 for those beneficiaries who have completed 28 days after receipt of the 1st dose. Vaccination of the FLWs started on 2nd Feb 2021.
The next phase of Covid-19 vaccination commenced from 1st March 2021 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.
More than 1.94 cr (1,94,97,704) vaccine doses have been administered through 3,57,478 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. These include 69,15,661 HCWs (1st dose), 33,56,830 HCWs (2nd dose), 63,55,989 FLWs (1st dose) and 1,44,191 FLWs (2nd Dose), 3,46,758 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 23,78,275 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years.
As on Day-49 of the vaccination drive (5th March 2021), a total of 14,92,201 vaccine doses was given. Out of which, 11,99,848 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 18,333 sessions for 1st dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 2,92,353 HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of the vaccine.
with Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu have reported a high number of COVID daily new cases
Mr. Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, and Dr. Vinod K. Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog today interacted with Health Secretaries and MDs (NHM) of Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and UTs of Delhi and Chandigarh. These States/UTs have in the recent past seen increased positivity and an increased number of daily positive cases. They reviewed the ongoing public health measures of surveillance, containment, and management of COVID cases in wake of the steep rise in daily new cases of COVID and the high number of active caseload being reported from these eight States/UTs.
In a detailed presentation, it was pointed out that 9 districts in Delhi, 15 in Haryana, 10 in Andhra Pradesh, 10 in Odisha, 9 in Himachal Pradesh, 7 in Uttarakhand, 2 in Goa, 1 in Chandigarh continue to be of concern as these districts are seeing a decrease in total tests being conducted, low share of RT-PCR tests, increase in weekly positivity and a low number of contact tracing of the COVID positive cases. These together can pose a high risk of transmission to the neighboring States and UTs. Granular analysis of the COVID response in the districts was shared with the States/UTs for further action.
States were specifically asked to:
- Continue with the effective strategy of ‘Test Track & Treat’ that had yielded rich dividends at the height of the pandemic.
- Improve overall testing in districts reporting a reduction in testing
- Increase share of RT-PCR tests in districts dependent on high levels of antigen testing.
- Refocus on surveillance and stringent containment of those areas in selected districts that are seeing cluster of cases.
- Carry out an average close contact tracing of minimum of 20 persons per positive case.
- Focus on clinical management in districts reporting higher deaths.
- Actuate their health infrastructure to provide effective clinical management to all the patients as a surge in cases also affects the case fatality rate in those districts.
- Accelerate vaccination for priority population groups in districts reporting higher cases.
- Make optimal use of the available vaccine doses and focus on critical districts.
- To collaborate with the private hospitals to open up vaccination time-table for a minimum of 15 days and a maximum of 28 days at a time.
- Promote COVID-appropriate behavior through communication and enforcement.
Stress was laid on prompt isolation and on medical supervision of those active cases presently in home isolation for early identification of progressive deterioration of the disease. The States were also asked to actively watch out for super-spreading events and share their best practices in breaking the chain of transmission.
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