Government says Covid cases, deaths are declining in India; warns against any relaxation | Indian News

NEW DELHI: Covid-19 cases and deaths are declining in India, which is very reassuring, the Center said on Tuesday, but warned against any relaxation, saying an overwhelming proportion of the country’s population is still “very very sensitive” to the virus and the situation climbing unexpectedly.
While there is a continuous growing trend in Covid-19 cases and deaths worldwide, especially in America and Europe and the situation in the world is worrying, unlike the scene in India is satisfying as the cases and deaths are declining, Dr. VK Paul. , a member (health) at NITI Aayog, said a press conference here.
“Mortality is declining and it’s a lot less than 400 a day. Cases have dropped to almost 22,000. This is the kind of number we all experienced in July. So that’s very reassuring. As a nation, we seem to be doing very well now.
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“We’re saving lives. But remember, this can’t be taken for granted. An overwhelming proportion of our population is still very, very sensitive to the virus. And the situation can escalate unexpectedly,” Paul said, warning of any relaxation.
He further said that the reassuring thing is that people say R0 has come under one, which means the pandemic is declining.
“So we have to be happy about it but cautiously happy,” he said.
Noting that Delhi has progressed, he said, “We congratulate the government of Delhi as well as all the other governments that have contributed so well to such significant control (in cases) in recent times.”
Paul, however, expressed concern about the Covid-19 situation in some states like Uttarakhand, Nagaland and Himachal Pradesh and stated that all efforts to control the spread are being made in cooperation with these governments.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said more than 15.55 crore tests had been done so far to detect coronavirus infection in the country, and the cumulative positivity dropped to 6.37 while the average daily positivity over the past week was 3 .00 percent.
The Case Death Rate of India (CFR) is also among the lowest in the world. Currently India’s CFR is 1.45%, while globally it is 2.26%, Bhushan said.
Speaking on the preparation for the Covid-19 vaccine drive, Bhushan said guidelines for assessment of electrical and non-electric cold chain equipment and their reinforcement were given to states.
Guidelines for cold chain management ultimately cold chain points and meeting places have been published.
At least 29,000 cold chain points, 240 inlet coolers, 70 inlets, 45,000 ice-cold refrigerators, 41,000 refrigerators and 300 solar refrigerators will be used for the Covid-19 vaccine drive.
States were asked to identify at least one adverse event after an immunization management center (AEFI) in each block.
“Bad events after immunization are a critical aspect. Even during universal immunization programs that last for decades, some harms are seen in children and pregnant women after vaccination.
“So, we can’t deny the possibility of an adverse event when the vaccine against Covid-19 begins. The countries where introduction of inoculation has already begun, especially in the UK, adverse events occurred on the first day. So, it is essential that states and union territories are also preparing for this, ”Bhushan said.
Detailed instructions on infection prevention and control practices during vaccination and management of small, severe, major adverse events after immunization (AEFI) have been issued to states.