Covid-19: Centre instructs 5 states to follow five-fold strategy
4 June, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava
Union Health Secretary, has asked five states, including Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu, to closely monitor emerging clusters of COVID-19 cases
Rajesh Bhushan, the Union Health Secretary, has written a letter to officials in five states, including Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu, requesting that they closely monitor emerging clusters of COVID-19 cases, maintain an adequate number of tests, and send infected individuals’ samples for genome sequencing.
“There are a few states that are contributing more cases to India’s total, indicating the likelihood of infection spreading locally. As a result, it is necessary to take a risk-based strategy to public health interventions without jeopardising the progress gained thus far in the fight against the epidemic “the letter read.
The state should follow a five-step strategy, including testing, tracking, treating, and vaccination, as well as COVID-19 acceptable behaviour, monitoring clusters of new COVID-19 cases, and adequate testing in accordance with standards.
In India, the number of Covid-19 cases has been steadily declining for the past three months, according to Bhusan. He added there has been a modest increase in instances in the last week, with 15,708 cases reported in the week ending May 27th, up to 21,055 cases as of June 3rd. During the week, weekly positivity increased from 0.52 percent to 0.73 percent, he added.