Centre sounds alert after Covid positivity rate soars in 10 states
New Delhi/IBNS: The Centre has warned 10 states to intensify their Covid control measures, including vaccination of people above 45, as the positivity rate in some districts of these states soared above 10 per cent.
Strict containment measures apart from vaccination of the vulnerable groups has been stressed to stop the situation from escalating by the Union Health Ministry.
States where the positivity rate has increased are - Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Manipur, the Ministry said in a statement.
There are at least 46 districts where the positivity rate is above 10 per cent and 53 districts positivity rate where it is between 5 per cent to 10., it said.
Measures to control the Covid cases were discussed at a meeting held by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and Indian Council of Medical Research's (ICMR) Dr Balram Bhargava and top health officials from states.
The ministry of health noted that 80 per cent of the cases are not severe and are being treated in their homes and the local authorities must make sure to strictly monitor such cases to break the chain of transmission.
Further, the government has also asked states to monitor entry of new variants in India with the help of INSACOG Laboratories for genomic surveillance and monitor International travellers.
The Centre also reminded states to ask private hospitals to set up PSA (Pressure swing adsorption) oxygen generation plants.