New Delhi: The Union Well being Ministry on Tuesday wrote to 5 states which have reported a day by day surge in new coronavirus instances and requested them to expedite vaccination of healthcare employees and frontline staff in districts which have recorded the most important spikes in contemporary infections.
“… confer immunity in shortest attainable time-frame to healthcare and frontline staff, as they’re additionally concerned in containment, surveillance and administration of COVID-19 instances,” mentioned the letter that was despatched to Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, J&Ok and Chhattisgarh.
In Maharashtra (the worst-affected state), vaccinations are to be fast-tracked in six districts – Pune, Nagpur, Mumbai (and suburban areas), Amravati, Thane and Akola. Total Maharashtra reported over 6,000 new instances previously 24 hours, news company PTI reported.
In Madhya Pradesh, Indore, Bhopal and Betul districts have been recognized.
In Punjab these are SBS Nagar, Kapurthala and Sri Muktsar Sahib.
Within the Union Territory of J&Ok it’s Pulwama and in Chhattisgarh it’s Rajnandgaon.
India started its nationwide vaccination drive on January 16, with the goal of vaccinating three crore healthcare employees and frontline staff within the first part.
Nevertheless, to this point solely round 1.19 crore individuals have been vaccinated.
The second stage of vaccination – during which 27 crore individuals over the age of 50 (and people beneath however with co-morbidities) – will get the pictures in mid-march, the centre has mentioned.
Earlier immediately Union Well being Secretary Rajesh Bhushan took half in a gathering on the Prime Minister’s Workplace to assessment the Covid scenario within the nation. The assembly occurred amid the backdrop of each rising instances and amid concern over mutated strains which might be circulating within the nation.
Final week a member of Maharashtra’s Covid Activity Pressure, informed NDTV that 240 new strains had emerged throughout India, and recommended that these might be the explanation for the spike in instances.
Nevertheless, the centre immediately mentioned it was too quickly to attach these dots.
Dr VK Paul, member of presidency think-tank NITI Aayog mentioned that “to narrate prevalence of virus mutation to alter in illness sample, different epidemiological data” is critical.
Union Well being Ministry sources mentioned this morning that between 800 and 900 samples – from Maharashtra and Kerala – had been despatched for genome sequencing previously month.
Samples for genome sequencing – to know the entire genetics of the virus – have additionally been sought from Punjab and Bengaluru, the place, previously few days alone, two residence complexes have been declared “containment zones” and sealed.
Up to now genome sequencing of practically 6,000 samples have been accomplished.
Whereas authorities are nonetheless undecided what number of of those new instances (if any, in any respect) are from the brand new mutated strains of the virus, authorities officers have admitted India’s genome sequencing has been beneath the mark thus far, and that this wants to alter within the coming weeks.
Final week the centre additionally warned the aforementioned states that they have to proceed to observe Covid-appropriate behaviour, together with using face masks and social distancing in public.
India has, thus far, reported 187 instances of the UK pressure of the virus. The South African pressure has been detected in six individuals and the Brazil variant in a single.
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