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Government warns people about lowering guards

New Delhi: Even though the world has witnessed a fourth surge in Covid’s cases and the government emphasized on Friday that Omicron infections do not always lead to serious symptomatic illnesses. Warned people to lower security guards, especially during the year-end festival.

At a joint press conference, ICMR Secretary-General Dr. Ballam Bhargava said Delta remains a major stock in India, including the recently identified clusters.

“Therefore, we need to follow Covid’s proper actions and continue with the same strategy of increasing vaccination,” he said.

Claiming an omicron variant of the coronavirus does not necessarily lead to severe symptomatic clinical disease, Bhargava said in India, with about one-third of all cases detected being mildly symptomatic. Yes, the rest were asymptomatic.

“I would like to emphasize that the treatment of individuals with symptomatic treatments infected with Omicron remains the same, as is the case with the delta, alpha and beta variants,” said ICMRDG.

At a press conference, Union Health Minister Rajesh Boushan cautioned. “The world has witnessed a fourth surge in COVID-19 cases, with an overall positive rate of 6.1%, so we need to be vigilant and can’t afford to loosen,” he said. ..

Boushan explained the trend of Covid, including all variants on different continents, with weekly infections increasing in Europe, North America and Africa since November 26, but still declining in Asia. I said that I am doing it.

In India, the number of cases per day in the last four weeks has fallen below 10,000. “These numbers are small, but we need to be vigilant and vigilant,” said the Federal Minister of Health.

He said two incidents were skyrocketing in India. One is September 2020 and the other is May this year. Although the number of cases and deaths across the country is currently declining, a large number of infections are still reported in Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Karnataka and Mizoram.

He observed that the very high case-positive rates in Kerala (6.1 percent) and Mizoram (8.2 percent) were the cause of the concern.

In 20 districts, including 9 in Kerala and 8 in Mizoram, the weekly case positive rate is 5-10% and in 2 districts it is over 10%.

“Therefore, these 22 districts are a source of concern for us. We are always in talks with the state while the central team is visiting the state to provide technical support,” says Boushan. I did.

Of the 358 cases of coronavirus omicron variants reported so far in India, 183 were analyzed, of which 87 were fully vaccinated in 3 boosted cases and 70% were asymptomatic. It turned out to be.

Two were partially vaccinated and seven were unvaccinated, while 16 were not eligible for vaccination under the national national vaccination program. According to Boushan, the status of 73 vaccinations is still unknown.

According to him, 121 had travel history abroad, 44 had infected individuals in contact with foreign travelers, and information on 18 was not yet available.

Regarding the preparation of the national Covid, the Health Secretary said that 18,10,083 isolation beds, 4,94,314 oxygen support beds, 1,39,300 ICU beds, 24,057 pediatric ICU beds and 64,796 pediatric non-ICU beds were prepared. rice field.

In addition, 50% of the amount under the Emergency Covid Response Package (ECRP-II) was released to state and union territory. Using the fund, he said, they are reading an additional 96,913 oxygen-assisted beds, 20,475 ICU beds, and 9,574 pediatric non-ICU beds.

Regarding the medical oxygen supply, Boushan said: “Based on world and South African experience, so far Omicron patients did not need additional oxygen, but we need to be proactive.”

In the first wave of Covid infection in the country, the most oxygen required per day was 1,000 MT, and in the second wave, it reached 10,000 MT.

“The demand for medical oxygen has increased tenfold. Thanks to the joint efforts of the central and state governments, we have been able to cope with it and supply 10,000 tons of medical oxygen. Today, we created a capacity of 18,800 tonnes of medical oxygen every day, “Bhushan said.

Citing WHO’s December 17 guidance, he stated that Omicron has significant growth benefits over Delta and spreads rapidly throughout the community in 1.5 to 3 days of doubling time. A higher risk of infection compared to Delta has been confirmed by home and contact studies in the United Kingdom, he said.

Regarding the scope of the vaccine, the Minister of Health said that 89% of India’s adult population has been vaccinated with at least one COVID-19 vaccine and 61% have been fully vaccinated.

So far, doses of 140 chlore and above have been administered.

In 19 states and Union Territory, the initial dose range was over 90%, but Orissa, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Pondicherry, Utter Pradesh, Meghalaya, Jharkhand, Manipur, In Puducherry and Nagaland, the coverage of the first and second shots of the vaccine is below the national average, adding that it is a source of concern.

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