Corona Update: Center writes letters to states on increasing daily new cases

New Delhi: There has been an increase in the number of active cases in India in the last few days. Today the total number of active cases in India remains at the level of 1,45,634.

It now accounts for 1.32 percent of India’s total positive cases. More than 74 percent of India’s active cases are in Kerala and Maharashtra. Along with this, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have also seen an increase in daily cases. New cases are increasing every day in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.

In the last four weeks in Kerala, average weekly cases have been between the highest of 42,000 and the low of 34,800. Similarly, during the last four weeks in Kerala, the weekly positive rate has been between 13.9 percent to 8.9 percent. In Kerala, Alappuzha district continues to be of particular concern, with the weekly positive rate rising to 10.7 percent and the weekly cases increasing to 2,833.

In Maharashtra, in the last four weeks, there has been an upward trend in weekly affairs and has increased from 18,200 to 21,300; At the same time, the weekly positive rate has increased from 4.7 percent to 8 percent. Suburban areas of Mumbai continue to be of particular concern, with weekly cases increasing by 19 percent. Weekly cases in Nagarpur, Amravati, Nashik, Akola and Yavatmal increased to 33 percent, 47 percent, 23 percent, 55 percent and 48 percent respectively.

If we consider the spread of Covid 19 infection in Punjab, then it is rapidly reaching critical condition. In the state, during the last four weeks, the weekly positive rate has increased from 1.4 percent to 1.6 percent, while the number of weekly cases has increased from 1,300 to 1,682 in the last four weeks. In just one district, SBS Nagar, the weekly positive rate increased from 3.5 percent to 4.9 percent and weekly cases more than doubled from 165 to 364.

The weekly positive rate in 5 states / union territories is higher than the national average. The national average is 1.79 percent. Maharashtra has the highest weekly positive rate of 8.10 percent.

The Center has advised all the states to work on five main areas. They are as follows:

The total number of trials should be improved proportionally with emphasis on increasing RT-PCR testing.

After all the negative rapid antigen test results, RT-PCR test should be done compulsorily and no such negative person remains.

Strict prevention should be re-emphasized in the identified districts along with strict and holistic monitoring.

After investigation, the emergence of clusters should be monitored with regular monitoring of mutant strains through genome sequencing.

Emphasis should be placed on clinical management in districts with high incidence of death.

On the Covid vaccination front, India’s total immunization has crossed the figure of 1.10 crore.

According to the provision report received till 8 am today, a total of 1,10,85,173 doses of vaccines have been given through 2,30,888 sessions till 8.00 am on February 18, 2021. This includes 63,91,544 HCW (first dose), 9,60,642 HCW (second dose) and 37,32,987 FLW (first dose).

A second dose of Covid-19 vaccination was started from February 13, 2021, for those beneficiaries who received 28 days after receiving the first dose. The vaccination of FLW began on February 2, 2021.

On the 36th day of the vaccination campaign (February 20, 2021), a total of 4,32,931 doses were given, of which 2,56,488 beneficiaries were given the first dose (HCW and FLW) in 8,575 sessions, and the second dose of vaccine to 1,76,443 HCWs.

60.04 percent of people taking the second dose belong to 7 states. Karnataka alone accounted for 11.81 percent (1,13,430 doses).

A total of 1.06 crore (1,06,89,715) people have recovered so far. During the last 24 hours, 11,667 patients recovered and were discharged. India’s overall improvement rate of 97.25 percent is the highest in the world.

Of the new cases, 81.65 percent belong to 5 states.

Kerala recorded the highest number of healthy people on a single day with 5,841 newly cured cases. In Maharashtra, 2,567 people recovered in the last 24 hours, while in Tamil Nadu, 459 people recovered.

85.61 percent of new cases are related to 5 states.

Maharashtra continues to lead on a daily basis with 6,281 new cases. This is followed by Kerala with 4,650 cases, while 490 new cases were registered in Karnataka. Only two states Maharashtra and Kerala account for 77 percent of the new cases reported during the last 24 hours.

Not a single death has been reported from Covid 19 during the last 24 hours in 22 states. These states are Gujarat, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir (UT), Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Assam, Meghalaya, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Ladakh (UT), Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Tripura , Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, D&D and D&N.

101 deaths were recorded during the last 24 hours.

Five states account for 80 percent of new death cases. Maharashtra had the highest number of deaths at 40. 13 people died in Kerala. 9 people died in Punjab.

During the last 24 hours, more than 20 deaths occurred in just 1 state; Between 1 and 20 deaths occurred in just 1 state; Between 2 and 6 deaths occurred in 2 states and between 1 and 5 deaths in 10 states.