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Four Steps To Fight COVID Effectively Explained By AIIMS Chief Dr Randeep Guleria

As India battles huge surge in coronavirus cases, AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria explains steps authorities and people need to take to contain the surge of COVID cases

Four Steps To Fight COVID Effectively Explained By AIIMS Chief Dr Randeep Guleria

New Delhi: As India battles a huge surge in coronavirus cases, what experts are calling a second wave, All India Institute of Medical Sciences’ (AIIMS) director Dr Randeep Guleria urges people to get back to basics and follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.

In last 24-hour, India reported the world’s biggest-ever daily surge with 3.14 lakh new cases and 2,104 deaths since April 20 (Wednesday). The fresh surge surpasses the previous highest one-day rise in the world of 2,97,430 cases posted by the United States in January, news agency Reuters reported. Over 2 lakh infections are being recorded everyday since April 15. The second wave is yet to peak, says centre, and experts are not sure when the cases will decline.

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Speaking to NDTV, the chief of India’s premier medical science institute has recommended four key steps to battle the rampaging second wave of COVID-19:

He said,

Second waves of pandemics have always been more dangerous historically. We should have been more alert. We knew there are variants (of Covid-19) circulating in the world. It was only a matter of time until the strains are found in India…We got complacent.

To cope up with the sudden surge, Dr Guleria said the only way forward is the creation of containment zones, banning of crowds, and boosting vaccination. He said,

We have to do 3-4 things to stop the infection from spreading. We must create a strict containment zone in the most affected areas with testing, tracking, and treatment. Secondly, we must ban crowding. Third, we must boost vaccination.

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Recommending authorities to bring back the colour-coded system as per the COVID cases rate, the model which was followed earlier, he said,

Like how we earlier divided the country into red, green, orange zones, we must do that again.

According to the health ministry division last year, a green zone area or district was where there were zero confirmed cases of coronavirus in the last 21 days. Whereas Red Zones Or Hotspot Districts were areas with several active cases, high doubling rate of confirmed cases and Orange Zones were those areas which are neither red or green.

The AIIMS chief also said we need to prepare our health structure; we need to get more beds and oxygen points. Commenting on India reporting more than 2 lakh cases from past few days, Dr Guleria added,

If we go back to the pandemic 100 years ago, the second wave was more dangerous. Even now, people started going out and now we are seeing a surge.

Talking about the use of Remdisivir, a drug that is increasingly being seen to have key role in treating critical cases of COVID-19, Dr Guleria said it may reduce hospitalisation but won’t help reduce mortality. He added,

Remdesivir is an antiviral drug and was developed for Ebola. The first paper in China showed it had no effect on COVID-19. Subsequently studies showed, it could reduce hospitalisation, but could nothing about mortality. As of now, we don’t have a good antiviral drug. We don’t have any good treatment for COVID.

Dr Guleria called for a “multipronged attack” to contain the virus. He said,

There is a need to go back to all the strategies that we were following six-seven months ago to decrease the number of cases – we need to mask up, we need to follow social distancing and we need to maintain hand hygiene.

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World

22,70,55,138Cases
18,97,86,461Active
3,25,98,424Recovered
46,70,253Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,70,55,138 and 46,70,253 have died; 18,97,86,461 are active cases and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 5:36 am.

India

3,33,81,728 34,403Cases
3,39,0563,867Active
3,25,98,424 37,950Recovered
4,44,248 320Deaths
In India, there are 3,33,81,728 confirmed cases including 4,44,248 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,39,056 and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,11,525 3,595

52,893 310

63,20,310 3,240

1,38,322 45

Kerala

44,46,228 22,182

1,86,754 4,559

42,36,309 26,563

23,165 178

Karnataka

29,65,191 1,108

16,202 282

29,11,434 808

37,555 18

Tamil Nadu

26,40,361 1,693

16,756 120

25,88,334 1,548

35,271 25

Andhra Pradesh

20,34,786 1,367

14,708 105

20,06,034 1,248

14,044 14

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,628 23

193 11

16,86,549 11

22,886 1

West Bengal

15,59,567 707

8,025 25

15,32,922 725

18,620 7

Delhi

14,38,373 28

409 5

14,12,880 22

25,084 1

Odisha

10,18,298 580

5,335 105

10,04,845 681

8,118 4

Chhattisgarh

10,04,988 31

352 2

9,91,077 29

13,559

Rajasthan

9,54,230 4

103 1

9,45,173 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,677 22

149 0

8,15,446 22

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,374 7

119 5

7,81,738 12

10,517

Haryana

7,70,697 9

327 8

7,60,562 17

9,808

Bihar

7,25,864 12

72 6

7,16,134 6

9,658

Telangana

6,62,785 259

5,282 43

6,53,603 301

3,900 1

Punjab

6,01,180 30

314 11

5,84,399 38

16,467 3

Assam

5,97,074 468

5,381 15

5,85,914 479

5,779 4

Jharkhand

3,48,102 6

102 8

3,42,867 14

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,330 20

284 12

3,35,657 32

7,389

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,466 170

1,421 72

3,21,630 98

4,415

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,430 127

1,568 82

2,11,215 206

3,647 3

Goa

1,75,183 95

699 1

1,71,195 96

3,289

Puducherry

1,25,170 107

963 63

1,22,380 42

1,827 2

Manipur

1,17,913 216

2,614 7

1,13,478 219

1,821 4

Tripura

83,787 31

427 26

82,553 56

807 1

Meghalaya

78,958 229

1,804 140

75,784 86

1,370 3

Mizoram

76,591 1,121

13,888 85

62,449 1,202

254 4

Chandigarh

65,168 4

31 2

64,319 2

818

Arunachal Pradesh

53,990 47

536 9

53,183 56

271

Sikkim

30,802 64

775 28

29,648 36

379

Nagaland

30,763 32

505 14

29,610 44

648 2

Ladakh

20,631 6

41 1

20,383 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

5 0

10,661

4

Lakshadweep

10,353

4 0

10,298

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,595 3

15 2

7,451 1

129

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