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Delhi Needs To Ramp Up Testing With Aggressive Surveillance, Contact Tracing: Union Minister Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan informed that the Central government is extending its all support to Delhi for the strengthening of health infrastructure and augmentation of testing facilities

Delhi Needs To Ramp Up Testing With Aggressive Surveillance, Contact Tracing: Union Minister Harsh Vardhan
Highlights
  • The number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities are on a rise in Delhi
  • Dr Vardhan suggests increasing testing and surveillance in Delhi
  • Early detection of cases required through enhanced surveillance: Dr Harsh

New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday (June 4) directed the Delhi government to ramp up COVID-19 testing followed by aggressive surveillance, contact tracing and stringent containment and perimeter control activities. In a high-level meeting held through video conferencing, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan asked Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain in the presence of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to make stringent efforts in the fight the coronavirus infection.

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As the number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities rises in Delhi, it needs to ramp up testing coupled with aggressive surveillance, contact tracing and stringent containment and perimeter control activities, said Dr Harsh Vardhan.

He added that the Central government is extending its all support to Delhi for the strengthening of health infrastructure and augmentation of testing facilities.

As all districts of Delhi are now affected by COVID-19, Dr Vardhan pointed out that “the rising cases, high positivity rates and low testing levels in many districts are worrisome”.

While the average testing per million population in Delhi was 2,018, some districts such as northeast (517 tests per million population) and southeast (506 tests per million population) were far below. While the Delhi’s positivity rate of last week was 25.7 per cent, several districts reported figures above 38 per cent, he said.

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According to the Health Ministry, the Delhi’s positivity rate of last week was 25.7 per cent, several districts reported figures above 38 per cent, he said.

The high rate of infection in the health care workers was also a serious issue, he added. It indicates poor infection prevention control practices in health care settings and needs to be attended to on priority, he said.

The DMs and officials of Municipal Corporations discussed issues related to perimeter control in containment zones, timely identification and classification of cases as the stigma associated with COVID-19 stopped people from reporting symptoms or cases.

Dr Vardhan pointed out that the state government should follow the protocols and guidelines issued by the Centre to contain the spread of the virus.

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Early detection of cases needs to be done by enhanced surveillance of ILI/ SARI cases. Fever clinics and flu corners in all Health care settings needs to be established in all corners of Delhi along with a focus on contact tracing and surveillance, he said.

The elderly and vulnerable population, such as those with underlying co-morbidities, need to be identified and protected, he said, adding that provisioning of institutional quarantine to vulnerable populations in large clusters where home isolation is not deemed effective, needs attention too, he said.

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World

24,50,12,529Cases
20,64,25,824Active
3,36,14,434Recovered
49,72,271Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,50,12,529 and 49,72,271 have died; 20,64,25,824 are active cases and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,42,31,809 16,156Cases
1,60,9891,672Active
3,36,14,434 17,095Recovered
4,56,386 733Deaths
In India, there are 3,42,31,809 confirmed cases including 4,56,386 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,60,989 and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,06,536 1,485

23,096 3,500

64,43,342 4,947

1,40,098 38

Kerala

49,38,603 9,445

77,158 2,100

48,31,468 6,723

29,977 622

Karnataka

29,86,835 282

8,459 80

29,40,339 349

38,037 13

Tamil Nadu

26,98,493 1,075

12,288 252

26,50,145 1,315

36,060 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,64,854 567

4,777 122

20,45,713 437

14,364 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,114 13

100 6

16,87,115 7

22,899

West Bengal

15,89,042 976

7,973 124

15,61,973 837

19,096 15

Delhi

14,39,709 38

348 25

14,14,270 13

25,091

Odisha

10,39,818 549

4,392 213

10,27,108 334

8,318 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,926 28

263 14

9,92,088 12

13,575 2

Rajasthan

9,54,411 4

20 0

9,45,437 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,481 17

173 2

8,16,220 15

10,088

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,804 20

108 9

7,82,172 10

10,524 1

Haryana

7,71,204 15

133 5

7,61,022 10

10,049

Bihar

7,26,073 5

41 1

7,16,371 4

9,661

Telangana

6,70,829 186

4,164 63

6,62,714 122

3,951 1

Assam

6,09,506 244

3,838 153

5,99,681 391

5,987 6

Punjab

6,02,289 38

246 20

5,85,487 16

16,556 2

Jharkhand

3,48,705 28

160 30

3,43,408 56

5,137 2

Uttarakhand

3,43,861 17

150 6

3,36,312 23

7,399

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,865 70

838 16

3,26,596 86

4,431

Himachal Pradesh

2,23,406 261

1,972 211

2,17,693 48

3,741 2

Goa

1,77,969 23

454 29

1,74,152 51

3,363 1

Puducherry

1,27,846 40

443 10

1,25,546 50

1,857

Manipur

1,23,473 70

844 29

1,20,712 97

1,917 2

Mizoram

1,19,496 547

7,320 446

1,11,752 991

424 2

Tripura

84,438 15

123 1

83,499 14

816

Meghalaya

83,466 51

507 22

81,511 71

1,448 2

Chandigarh

65,331 5

29 2

64,482 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,120 6

115 22

54,725 28

280

Sikkim

31,925 13

177 1

31,353 12

395

Nagaland

31,759 12

222 3

30,856 15

681

Ladakh

20,925 8

47 6

20,670 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682 1

6 0

10,672 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,650 2

5 1

7,516 1

129

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