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Government Writes to States / Ut about Rising Positivity Rates and Weekly Deaths


The Union Health Ministry wrote to Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha and Mizoram on Saturday to take the necessary action under the “Test-Track” strategy. Treat-Vaccinate-Covid Appropriate Behavior ”to control the spread of COVID-19 and reduce mortality. This decision comes in light of increasing cases of infection, weekly positivity rates and weekly deaths in some districts.

Referring to a letter sent to all states / UT on Nov. 27 in the context of the new Omicron variant, union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on Saturday that all states had been urged to undertake enhanced surveillance of international travelers , monitor emerging hot spots and quickly search for contacts. positive people, in addition to sending all positive samples for genome sequencing, early identification of cases and review of health infrastructure readiness, and most importantly to focus on IEC and outreach the community.

In a letter to the Principal Secretary (Health), he pointed out that Karnataka reported 8,073 new cases during the month ending December 3 (30 days).

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It is also important to note that the state reported a slight increase in new weekly cases to 2,272 cases (week ending December 3) from 1,664 cases (week ending November 26), as well as an increase in new weekly deaths from 22 to 29 during the same period, Bhushan said.

An increase in new weekly deaths was noted in Bengaluru Urban, from eight new deaths reported in the week ending November 25 to 14 deaths during the week ending December 2, he said.

According to the Ministry of Health, an increase in weekly cases has also been seen in Tumakuru, Dharwad, Bengaluru Urban and Mysuru in the southern state. The secretary further said Kerala reported 171,521 new cases in the month ending December 3, with a 55.8% contribution to the country’s new cases over the past month.

In addition, 13 of 14 districts report a high number of new weekly cases in the state. Districts of concern for the week ending December 2 are Thiruvananthapuram (5,541), Ernakulam (4,976), Kozhikode (3,766), Thrissur (2,903) and Kottayam (2,478), ”Bhushan noted. Four districts – Thiruvananthapuram (11.61%), Wayanad (11.25%), Kozhikode (11%) and Kottayam (10.81%) – show high weekly positivity of over 10%, while nine districts report high weekly positivity of over 10%. weekly positivity between 5 and 10%.

Kerala reported a slight increase in new weekly deaths to 2,118 deaths (week ending December 3), up from 1,890 deaths (week ending November 26). Four districts – Thrissur, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Kollam – report a high number of new weekly deaths in the state, ”he said.

As for Jammu and Kashmir, Bhushan said, it reported 4,806 new cases in the month ending Dec. 3, with a few districts such as Kathua, Jammu, Ganderbal and Baramulla showing an increase in the previous week.

Tamil Nadu reported 23,764 new cases during the same period. Vellore, Thiruvallur and Chennai have shown an increase in new weekly cases over the past week.

As for Odisha, Bhushan pointed out that the state reported 7,445 new cases during the same period, with a 2.5% contribution to new cases in India over the past month.

“It is important to note that the Khordha district in the state is reporting a high number of new cases weekly with 900 new cases reported during the week ending December 3. In addition, six of the 30 districts -Dhenkanal, Kandhamal , Nabarangpur, Kendujhar, Anugul and Balangir – reported an increase in the number of weekly cases compared to the week ending November 26, ”he said in the letter to Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Odisha .

In addition, the state saw a 3.1% drop in weekly tests performed, from 4,01,164 tests in the week ending November 26 to 3,888,788 tests in the week ending November 3. December, with an RT-PCR share of -36 percent, the Union Health Secretary highlighted.

Mizoram reported 12,562 new cases in the month ending Dec. 4, with a 4.1% contribution to new cases in India over the past month. Importantly, Aizawl District is reporting a high number of new cases weekly with 1,079 new cases reported during the week ending December 3.

Additionally, four of the 11 districts – Saiha, Khawzawl, Serchhip, Mamit – reported an increase in the week ending December 3, compared to the week ending November 26. In addition, eight of the 11 districts show a high weekly positivity of more than 10 percent, Bhushan said in his letter.

“In this context, the necessary measures to control the spread of infection and reduce deaths must be taken in accordance with the ongoing Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate-Covid Appropriate Behavior strategy to keep the situation under control,” said he stressed.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family will continue to provide the necessary support to States / UTs in the continued and collective efforts against COVID-19, he added.


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