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Some states show very early signs of stagnation in new daily Covid-19 cases: Government | India News


NEW DELHI: As the second wave of coronavirus continues to engulf various parts of the country, the Center said Monday that some states are showing very early signs of stagnation in daily new Covid-19 cases, while some remain cause for worry.
At a press conference, the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Lav Agarwal, said that 13 states, including Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Punjab, are showing early signs of stagnation, while states such as Bihar, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu , Tripura and West Bengal are showing signs of stagnation. showing a growing trend in daily cases.
Amid the shortage of medical oxygen in the country, he said the government is exploring the feasibility of converting existing nitrogen plants to produce oxygen.
“There are some early signs of stagnation or decline in new Covid-19 cases in some states,” Agarwal said.
Chhattisgarh, where 15,583 cases were reported on April 29, registered 14,087 new cases on May 2. Similar was the case in Delhi, Daman and Diu, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Regarding the districts, Agarwal said Durg, Gariyaband, Raipur, Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh; Chhindwara, Guna, Shajapur in Madhya Pradesh, Leh in Ladakh; Nirmal in Telangana is showing signs of declining cases in the past 15 days. Agarwal said 12 districts of Maharashtra are also showing signs of decline from the past 15 days.
“However, these are very early signs and it is too early to analyze the situation. It is important to have continued containment efforts at the district and state level so that we can preserve these gains and further reduce cases,” he said.
“There are some causes for concern,” Agarwal warned.
He said there are 12 states where active cases are more than one lakh. They are Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu. There are seven states where active cases are in the range of 50,000 to 1 lakh of cases and 17 states where active cases are more than 50,000.
There are 22 states where the positivity rate is more than 15 percent and in nine states the positivity rate is between 5 and 15 percent and in five states it is less than five percent.
He said that states and union territories such as Andaman and Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Odisha, Pudcherry, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and West Bengal show an increasing trend in daily cases.
“Today it is important to analyze the cases at the micro level and continue efforts in the areas from where the cases are reported,” he said.
Regarding the coverage of the vaccine, he said that so far 12.07 crore (first dose for 10.53 crore people and second dose for 1.54 crore) over 45 years have been vaccinated.
AIIMS director Dr. Randeep Guleria cautioned against rushing for CT scans in mild Covid-19 cases, saying there are side effects and it may end up doing more harm than good.
“One CT scan is equivalent to 300 to 400 chest X-rays. According to the data, repeated CT scans in younger age groups increase the risk of cancer in adulthood. Being exposed to radiation over and over again can cause harm. Period in doing a CT scan in mild cases of Covid-19 if oxygen saturation is normal, “he said.

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