The sudden covid-19 cases surge in China, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, and the US raised alarm in India. According to estimates, 2 million people died in China due to the recent rise in Covid-19 cases.
Indian Govt. after learning lessons from the previous mistakes now taking strict measures to prevent its spread.
Indian Health Minister Mnasukh Mandaviya hold the meetings at 11 am with senior officials and experts on the Covid-19 situation in India.
Recently Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Secretary Rajesh Bhushan release the COVID-19 guidelines to States and Union Territories.
Covid-19 guidelines are –
In view of the recent rising cases of COVID19 in some countries, Union Health Ministry has requested States/UTs to send samples of all #COVID19 positive cases to INSACOG labs to track new variants, if any.
Health Ministry and INSACOG are keeping a sharp watch on the situation. pic.twitter.com/ODLTkFwsdH
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) December 20, 2022
- India with its focus on the five-fold strategy of test-track-treat-vaccination and adherence to Covid appropriate behavior has been able to restrict the transmission of the Covid-19 virus. Currently, the country has around twelve hundred cases on a weekly basis.
- The ‘Operational Guidelines for Revised Surveillance Strategy in the context of Covid – 19’ issued by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on June 22 demand early detection, isolation, testing, and timely management of suspected and confirmed cases to detect and contain outbreaks of new Sars-CoV-2 variants. Therefore monitoring the existing variants is of crucial importance.
- It is essential for all the states and Union Territories to gear up for whole genome sequencing of positive case samples to track the variants through the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) network. Through this exercise, it’ll detect newer variants on time.
- All states are requested to send the samples of all positive cases on a daily basis to the designated INSACOG Genome Sequencing Laboratories.
- The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare recommends that all the states and UTs work hard for restricting Covid-19 and will continue to extend its support in this regard.
Dr. NK Arora, chairman of the Covid-19 working group NTAGI asks people to remain vigilant in this situation in the country.
Experts suggest that there is nothing to panic about as the country’s system is vigilant and strict genomic surveillance makes it easy to detect new variants.