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The Center calls on the Union territories to speed up the tests; augmentation laboratory, hospital infrastructure | India News

NEW DELHI: Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, who reviewed the Covid situation in Union Territories (UT) together with Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Tuesday, has emphasized strict enforcement of the appropriate behavior of Covid with movement restrictions and prohibition of large meetings, regulated hours for the markets, etc. in view of the latest increase in cases.
NITI Aayog member VK Paul, who participated in the video conference alongside ICMR chief Balram Bhargava, noted the importance of the next three weeks in responding to the latest wave of Covid, even as Bhalla advised UT governments Increase RT-PCR testing along with the use of a rapid antigen test for cluster detection. Urgent review of clinical management was strongly recommended along with increased testing and hospital infrastructure.
All UT administrators informed the meeting about their respective Covid management strategies and the current trajectory of total new Covid cases, weekly tests, weekly positivity rate, weekly new Covid cases, weekly number of deaths and status / proportion of RT-PCR tests and rapid tests. antigen tests. Bhalla noted that, compared to the 20,000 daily cases reported on January 1, 2021, India had almost 10 times more cases (more than 2 million cases) since April 15, 2021. In the last 11 days, new cases they have almost doubled from 1.31. lakh reported on April 9 to 2.73 lakh reported on April 20.
Delhi, which has been registering close to 25,000 new cases in recent days, raised the shortage of beds and efforts to increase them through central government infrastructure and DRDO’s recently operational Covid hospital. The Delhi government expressed its gratitude for the Union government’s timely support to increase the bed capacity of its hospitals, both last year and this year, the Health Ministry said in a statement.
The Delhi government’s efforts to speed up testing and reduce the turnaround time of test results were also described.
Ladakh, J&K and Lakshadweep noted the increase in cases due to the large number of inbound travelers. Lakshadweep has seen a surge after April 14, 2021 mainly due to large numbers of people traveling to the mainland to shop for recent festive occasions.
Chandigarh reported that they are conducting door-to-door counseling to increase vaccination. 90% of patients are in home isolation and are monitored by mobile teams.
Most TUs have currently imposed movement restrictions, including night curfew, the restriction of intra-island movement on the island’s TUs.
Expressing concern about the troubling scenario, Dr. VK Paul advised UT administrators to plan for the next three weeks. A survey should be conducted to quickly identify people positive for Covid, he said. For UT Ladakh, he recommended regulation of incoming workers and supervised containment. The islands can become large buffer zones, he suggested.
The Home Secretary assured the Government of India’s continued and full support for all UT efforts in containing and managing Covid-19.

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