Cabinet Secy chairs meeting on COVID-19 status; situation in 11 states, UTs matter of ‘serious concern’


Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Friday chaired a meeting on the COVID-19 situation in the nation in which it was identified that eleven states and Union Territories (UTs) had been exhibiting a surge in day by day instances and so they haven’t proven commensurate improve in enforcement of containment actions.

These states and union territories have been categorised as “states of grave concern” on account of their excessive and rising day by day COVID-19 instances and deaths. The situation was significantly “worrying” in Maharashtra.

The high-level overview meeting was attended by Chief Secretaries, DG Police and Health Secretaries of all states/UTs, with a spotlight on 11 states/UTs which were reporting “very high rise” in day by day instances and day by day mortality as a result of of COVID-19 in the final two weeks.

“11 States/Union Territories (UTs) were categorised as “states of grave concern” on account of their high and rising daily case and higher daily deaths. These have contributed 90 per cent of COVID cases (as on March 31) and 90.5 per cent of deaths (as on March 31) in the last 14 days, and have crossed/or close to crossing their early reported peaks during last year. The situation was particularly worrying in Maharashtra,” stated the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MohFW).

“These states and UTs were advised to take up immediate and high effective measures to ensure containment of active cases and daily deaths through adherence to the standard clinical management protocol shared earlier with all states and UTs,” it added.

The Union Health Secretary highlighted the present trajectory of COVID in the states/UTs, whereas Union Secretary (Information and Broadcasting) showcased methods of efficient behavioural change communication to instill COVID acceptable behaviour among the many populace.

After an in depth and complete overview of the measures taken by the states/UTs, the Cabinet Secretary reiterated the need of meticulous and exhausting work concerning stringent enforcement of containment and surveillance measures, in conjunction with ramping up vaccination and strict enforcement of COVID acceptable behaviour.

NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr VK Paul emphasised on the necessity for states to observe a protocol for sharing medical and epidemiological information for a extra detailed research of a mutant pressure of the virus for genome sequencing. The Union Home Secretary identified that the 11 states and UTs which might be exhibiting a surge in day by day COVID instances haven’t proven commensurate improve in enforcement of containment actions. He urged the Chief Secretaries and DGs (Police) of the states/UTs for taking acceptable strict motion in this regard.

The states had been additionally requested to look at Case Fatality Rate (CFR) hospital-wise, devise an acceptable technique and mitigate issues concerning late admission in hospitals and non-adherence to National Clinical Management Protocol. The have to formulate District Action Plans with a spotlight on mapping of instances, reviewing of ward/block smart indicators, 24×7 emergency operations centre, incident command system space particular fast response staff and well timed sharing of info was harassed upon.

The states had been particularly requested to extend testing constantly to make sure that positivity comes down to five laptop or lower than 5 laptop; Focus on guaranteeing RT-PCR assessments comprise 70 laptop of complete assessments; Reduce ready time of take a look at outcomes with common overview with testing labs; Use Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) as screening take a look at in densely populated areas and the place recent clusters are rising; All symptomatic RAT negatives to be mandatorily subjected to RT-PCR assessments. Ensure efficient and immediate isolation of these contaminated in institutional amenities (Covid Care Centres).

“Ensure that patients isolated at home are to be monitored daily. Isolated infected persons to be transferred immediately to health facilities, if required; Ensure that 25 to 30 such close contacts to be traced for each infected person. Tracing of close contacts and their isolation to be done in 72 hours. Subsequent testing and follow up of all close contacts to be carried out. Setting up of containment zones/ micro containment zones to break the chain of transmission,” the officers advised states and UTs.

In order to minimise the day by day fatalities, the states had been suggested on strengthening private and non-private healthcare sources.

Taking observe of the current situation because of the steady deterioration of the COVID situation over the fortnight, the Cabinet Secretary identified that the present COVID case progress charge of 6.8 per cent in March 2021 has surpassed the earlier document of 5.5 per cent (June 2020). The nation additionally reported 5.5 per cent progress charge in day by day COVID deaths in this era. While the nation was reporting about 97,000 day by day new COVID instances on the peak of the pandemic in September 2020, the nation has now reached the essential determine 81,000 day by day new instances of COVID.

Another worrisome facet identified was that Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities together with peri-urban areas have recorded the current excessive ruses in COVID instances; the unfold of an infection from these areas to the agricultural areas with weak well being infrastructure would overwhelm the native administration was additionally highlighted.

The Cabinet Secretary exhorted the Chief Secretaries to impress the state administration and to make use of all sources at their disposal to deal with the current surge of COVID instances. The have to broaden the efforts to departments aside from the Health Department by a “Whole of Government” strategy was re-stressed on the meeting. It was emphasised that the Centre continues to offer all sources and assist to all states and UTs for public well being measures and medical administration for preventing COVID-19.