Amid an increase in instances in China, PM Modi will assess the situation with COVID in India today.
A day prior to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s review meeting, Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union health minister, presided over a meeting and urged states to increase surveillance and remain vigilant. Mandaviya emphasised that the pandemic is “not done yet” and urged people to use masks and get immunised.
According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will preside over a high-level review conference on Thursday to discuss the Covid-19 situation in the nation. The gathering takes place while China’s infection rate has dramatically increased and millions of deaths there are expected in the following months.
The meeting with the prime minister will start at 3.30. It happens a day after NITI Aayog member (health) VK Paul and other experts attended a meeting where Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya evaluated the Covid-19 situation in India.
After the meeting, the minister tweeted that the pandemic is still ongoing while also stating that India is “equipped” to handle any situation. He urged individuals to get immunised, utilise masks in crowded situations, and behave in a Covid-appropriate manner.
The central government advised states, among other things, to step up surveillance and sequence the genomes of Covid-19-positive samples after the lengthy meeting on Wednesday. Additionally, it was determined to conduct random testing on samples taken from travellers arriving from China and other nations.
Up to four instances of BF.7, the main cause of the rise in cases in China, have been found in India. But according to physicians, there is no need to worry because all of these cases were discovered in the past, and the patients have already healed.
The BF.7 is a sublineage of the Omicron BA.5 variety, not a separate variant.
The INSACOG system has so far picked up four cases (BF.7). Despite this, there hasn’t been an increase in cases so far from any region of the nation—one in July, two in September, and one in November of this year. Therefore, there is no red alert but rather a lot of watch, Paul told HT on Wednesday.
In the week ending December 19, India’s average daily Covid-19 case count fell to 158, continuing a steady downward trend. On Thursday, the nation recorded 187 new infections, bringing the total number of active cases to 3,402, or 0.01 percent of the total.