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 sensitive” to the virus and the situation may worsen. don’t wait.
While there is a growing trend in cases and deaths of COVID-19 worldwide, especially in the US and Europe, and the situation in the world is worrying, on the contrary, the scene in India is satisfying as cases and deaths are declining, VK Paul, member (health) at NITI Aayog said in a press conference.
“Mortality is declining and it’s much less than 400 a day. Cases have dropped to almost 22,000. That’s the number we all experienced in July. So that’s very reassuring. As a nation, we seem to be doing very well now,” he said. .
“We are saving lives. But remember that this cannot be taken for granted. An overwhelming proportion of our population is still very, very sensitive to the virus. And the situation may increase unexpectedly,” Mr Paul said, warning of any relaxation. .
He further said that the reassuring thing is that people say that the R0, which represents the number of new infections estimated from one case, has come under one, which means the pandemic is declining.
“So, we have to be happy about that, 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.”
Mr Paul, however, expressed concern about the situation of COVID-19 in some states like Uttarakhand, Nagaland and Himachal Pradesh and said that all efforts to control the spread are being made in cooperation with these governments.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said so far more than Rs 15.55 crore has been made for detection of coronavirus infection in the country, and the cumulative positivity has 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. India’s CFR is currently 1.45%, while globally it is 2.26%, Mr Bhushan said.
Speaking on the preparation for the COVID-19 vaccine drive, Mr Bhushan said guidelines on assessment of electrical and non-electric cold chain equipment and their reinforcement had been 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-covered refrigerators, 41,000 deep freezers 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 harm is seen in children and pregnant women after vaccination,” he said.
“So, we cannot deny the possibility of an adverse event when vaccination 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.