Health Minister reviews COVID situation, asks officials to increase surveillance, testing amid rising cases
India Coronavirus Latest Updates: With the cases of coronavirus rising again in the country, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday reviewed the situation in a meeting with experts and officials. During the meeting, he emphasized on focusing on districts reporting high case positivity and conducting adequate tests with high proportion of RTPCR tests.
The Health Minister also directed the officials to continue to focus on surveillance and Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to scan for any possible mutations along with increasing the pace of vaccination.
The development comes as the country has been witnessing a surge in coronavirus infections over the past few weeks.
As of today, ten states – Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal and Gujarat have more than 1,000 active cases.
India saw an increase of 13,313 new coronavirus infections in a day, taking the number of infections to 4,33,44,958, while active cases rose to 83,990, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday.
The death toll has risen to 5,24,941 with 38 new deaths, data updated at 8 am.
In the INSACOG review meeting held last week, states/UTs were asked to submit a “large number” of samples for whole genome sequencing from districts and regions that have a rise in COVID-19 cases over a period of seven days. has been seen.
Sources had said that the direction was issued to examine the possibility of any newly emerging variant or sub-version and find out the reasons for the breakthrough transition.
According to experts from the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), Omicron and its sublineages, mainly Ba. 2 and BA.2.38, as of now, seem to be behind the current rise in Covid cases, an official source had told PTI.