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Health Professionals Contracting Coronavirus ‘Matter Of Concern’, Says Health Ministry

According to the Ministry of Health, the lockdown has yielded positive results; doubling time has improved from 3.4 days before lockdown to 12 days now

Highlights
  • Doubling of COVID-19 cases improved from 3.4 days before lockdown to 12 now
  • We are very comfortable in terms of managing COVID-19 as of now: Mr Agarwal
  • Important to trace each and every contact of positive patients: Mr Agarwal

New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday (May 5) said that it’s a matter of concern that health professionals are contracting coronavirus. “For us, it is a matter of concern if any health professional gets infected. It is particularly important for all of us to ensure we take precautions while dealing with cases. There are two sets of cases we have found. First is while attending medical duties and second is someone getting infected and in-process being a professional also got infected,” said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, during the regular media briefing on COVID-19 situation.

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We have been working with all the states and others to ensure that everyone is oriented on the proper use of PPEs and proper infection prevention measures. We have come with rational use of PPEs even in hospitals dealing with non-COVID patients, he said.

The remarks came after several cases of health professionals contracting coronavirus were reported across the country.

Mr Agarwal also informed that the doubling time of coronavirus cases in the country has improved from 3.4 days before lockdown to 12 days now.

Lockdown has yielded very positive results, doubling time has improved from 3.4 days before lockdown to 12 days now. At the same time, it is important that we sustain the momentum, he said.

The Joint Secretary also said that a Group of Ministers held its 14th meeting on COVID-19 today, chaired by Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

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Infrastructure, such as PPE, oxygen and oxygen cylinders, ventilators and N95 masks, was reviewed in the meeting, he said.

Speaking further, Agarwal said: “We are very comfortable in terms of managing COVID-19 as of now but any laxity at field level in terms of management and any lack of cooperation in social distancing may have its consequences.”

Also, it is important that each and every contact of positive patients need to be traced. Conducting surveillance for SARI and ILI symptoms in facilities in containment zones and otherwise, yields very valuable data and guides further action, he said.

Mr Agarwal also emphasised on the need to ensure that people continue to receive non-COVID-19 healthcare services at both government and private facilities.

While we are making all efforts to combat COVID-19, it is also important people get non-COVID facilities. We have issued guidelines on April 14 related to the delivery of non-essential health services. We have to ensure that in government and private non-government facilities. Immunization, maternal child services, critically ill patients- dialysis, cancer, diabetes, TB and blood donation should continue to run, he said.

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The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also said that there was a spike in coronavirus deaths and cases today as some states, which were not sharing data earlier, have started sharing details with regard to COVID-19 cases and fatalities.

“In the last 24 hours, 195 people died of coronavirus. Now, the total death count has reached 1,568. In the last 24 hours, we witnessed the highest increase in cases and deaths,” Mr Agarwal said.

We were not receiving reports of cases or deaths on time from some states. We persuaded them to share these details with us after which the cases have been reported and we have seen a spike in death cases today, added Mr Agarwal.

“In the last 24 hours, 1,020 patients have been cured. So, we have total 12,726 cured people now. Our recovery rate has reached 27.41 per cent. 32,138 patients are under active medical supervision. In the last 24 hours, 3,900 new cases of coronavirus have been registered, taking the total cases to 46,433,” he said.

We are dealing with an infectious disease. That is why timely reporting of cases and their management is crucial. This gap was noticed in some States, which is being addressed after due persuasion, said Mr Agarwal.

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World

23,96,06,768Cases
20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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