Corona threat: Center's letter to five states including Delhi-UP, warned about the ever-increasing infection

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The Center on Tuesday advised Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Mizoram to keep a strict vigil and take necessary action to control any emerging spread of the coronavirus. As the rate of infection continues to rise in these states and Delhi, the Center has advised them to monitor new cases and focus efforts to contain the spread of the infection.

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Rajesh Bhushan's letter to five states
In a letter, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has advised Delhi and four states to follow Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination and COVID Appropriate Practices, with special emphasis on wearing masks in crowds. It is imperative that the states maintain strict vigil and take necessary action to control any emerging spread of the infection, Bhushan said in the letter. He underlined that laxity at any level can nullify the gains achieved so far in COVID management. Bhushan informed in the letter that India had witnessed a steady and significant decline in the number of fresh COVID-19 cases in the last two months. The country has reported nearly 1,000 daily cases for the past few weeks. The weekly infection rate remains below one percent.

Recommendation of these measures, including genome sequencing
The Union Health Secretary advised all the States and Union Territories to follow a risk assessment based approach with economic and social activities going on without losing the gains made so far in the fight against the pandemic. Advised to conduct regular surveillance of Influenza Like Illness (ILI) and SARI cases at all health centers, genomic sequencing of prescribed samples of international travelers, collection of samples from different locations to detect early warning signs of spread of infection Has been.

Cases increased in Delhi-UP-Maharashtra
Bhushan highlighted that the number of new cases in Delhi has increased from 998 in the week ended April 12 to 2,671 in the week ended April 19. In the Union Territory also, the infection rate of Covid has increased from 1.42 percent to 3.49. Bhushan informed that the number of new cases in Haryana has increased from 521 in the week ended April 12 to 1,299 in the week ended April 19. The infection rate has increased to 2.86 percent from 1.22 percent last week.

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Similarly, in Uttar Pradesh, the number of new cases has increased from 217 in the week ended April 12 to 637 in the week ended April 19. In this, the infection rate has increased from 0.03 percent to 0.09 percent last week. In the week ending April 19, 693 new cases have been reported in Maharashtra. The infection rate in the state has increased from 0.39 percent to 0.4 percent last week. The letter said that Mizoram recorded 539 new Covid cases in the week ending April 19 and the infection rate has increased from 16.11 per cent to 16.68 per cent.