Covid Warnings: The Union government advised Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Mizoram to maintain a strict watch and take pre-emptive action, if required, in the areas of concern to control any emerging spread of the coronavirus.
As these states and the Union territory of Delhi are reporting a higher contribution to India’s Covid-19 caseload and a higher positivity rate, the Centre advised them to focus on monitoring clusters of new cases and containment efforts for curbing the spread of the infection as well as on vaccination of the eligible population, including primary vaccination and administration of precaution doses.
Delhi recorded a nearly 26% jump in fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours, but the positivity rate dropped to 4.42%, according to data shared by the city health department on Tuesday. No death was reported in the city due to the coronavirus in this time period, it said.
In a letter, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan advised Delhi and the four states to follow the five-fold strategy of “test-track-treat-vaccination and adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour,” with a particular emphasis on wearing of masks in crowded areas. The Union health secretary advised all the states and Union territories to follow a risk assessment-based approach on the opening of economic and social activities.
Bhushan highlighted that Delhi has reported an increase in the number of new cases from 998 in the week ending April 12 to 2,671 in the week ending April 19. The Union Territory has also seen an increase in the Covid positivity rate from 1.42% to 3.49% last week.
Haryana has reported an increase in the number of new cases from 521 in the week ending April 12 to 1,299 in the week ending April 19. It has also seen the positivity rate going up from 1.22% to 2.86% last week, Bhushan pointed out in the letter.
Uttar Pradesh has reported an increase in the number of new cases from 217 in the week ending April 12 to 637 in the week ending April 19. It has also seen an increase in the positivity rate from 0.03% to 0.09% last week.
Maharashtra has reported 693 new cases in the week ending April 19. The state has also seen an increase in the positivity rate from 0.39% to 0.4% last week.
Mizoram has reported 539 new Covid cases in the week ending April 19 and has also witnessed an increase in the positivity rate from 16.11% to 16.68%, the letter stated.