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18 states have reported 5,424 cases of black fungus; tallest in Gujarat, Maharashtra: Ministry of Health | India News


NEW DELHI: As many as 5,424 cases of mucormycosis or black fungus have been reported in 18 states, with most of them reported in Gujarat and Maharashtra, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday.
“The central government is importing nine lakh vials of amphotericin-B for the treatment of black fungus. Of this, 50,000 vials have been received and around three lakh vials will be available in the next seven days, “he said.
Speaking at the 27th meeting of the group of ministers (GoM) on Covid-19, he said that Gujarat reported 2,165 cases, Maharashtra 1,188, Uttar Pradesh 663, Madhya Pradesh 590, Haryana 339 and Andhra Pradesh 248 cases.
“Of the 5,424 cases of mucormycosis, we have seen that 4,556 cases have a history of Covid-19 infection, while 875 cases are among patients who do not have Covid. Diabetes was present in 55 percent of the patients.
“We have been warning, issuing advisories and, through our experts, it has been communicated that the indiscriminate use of steroids should be avoided and that diabetes should be thoroughly treated in the best possible way,” he said.
Nineteen states have already declared mucormycosis a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Act, it reported.
The law requires that a notifiable disease be reported to government authorities.
On genome sequencing, Vardhan reported that 25,739 samples have been sequenced and the B.1.617 variant has been found in 5,261 samples, which is almost 65 percent of the samples, “making it one of the most common mutations detected. up to now”.
He also reported that states have been asked to send samples periodically for better analysis.
Giving a snapshot of India’s efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, Vardan said that for the eleventh day in a row, recoveries are more than new cases in the country.
“This is also the eighth day in a row that we have less than three lakh of new cases daily. This is a positive sign. Right now, our active cases in the country are 27 lakh. A couple of weeks ago, we had more. out of 37 lakh of active cases, he said and also warned about the high number of reported deaths, saying that every death is tragic.
On vaccines and clinical intervention, Vardhan observed: “We have already given Rs 19.6 million doses to our compatriots. More than 60 lakh doses are still in the states and more doses of 21 lakh are being prepared. ”
He noted that the Union government has already shipped more than 70 lakh of Remdesivir vials and 45,735 ventilators to the states and UT.
The health minister also highlighted the implementation of the Union government’s SoPs on Covid management in peri-urban / urban / tribal areas. These are being actively pursued and monitored by the Health Ministry in state review meetings, he said.
Sujeet K Singh, director of the NCDC, presented a detailed report on the trajectory of the Covid pandemic in the states and UT, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.
He warned that, at 7.86 percent, India’s growth rate is cause for concern.
It showed figures related to the number of cases, the number of deaths, their growth rate, and how they compare to the rest of the world.
He presented a granular analysis of the trajectory of the pandemic in each state, pointing out critical parameters such as positivity, the percentage of RAT and RT-PCR rupture, the concentration of cases in particular districts, and other trends such as the fatality and hospitalization status of patients. affected states.
As of May 23, India has performed 32,86,07,937 tests with 2.38,121 tests per million (TPM) and an overall positivity rate of 8.07 percent. More than half (53.74 percent) of the total tests performed are RT-PCR, according to the statement.
Vardhan was joined by Hardeep S Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation; and Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Inland Waterways (I / C) and Chemicals and Fertilizers; Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health; and D Vinod K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog also joined digitally.

Times of India