In a series of review meetings with states regarding the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan practically met health ministers and senior state officials of nine states.
The states he reviewed have been reporting higher Covid-19 case loads as in comparison to the national average—Andhra Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab, Haryana and Kerala.
“…some districts in the States have been reporting a rise in the number of cases, high average day-to-day cases on a seven day average, decline in testing, high rate of mortality inside the first 24, 48, 72 hours of hospitalisation, high doubling rate, higher death some of the vulnerable population groups,” said the health ministry in a observation.
With the onset of winter, the risk of the Covid-19 situation getting worse in the following few weeks is high, as it has been observed in countries with colder climates that as the temperature drops, the virus spread rate increases significantly.
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Restating his concern that the coming winter and the long festive season pose a remarkable risk that could threaten the gains made collectively till now against the viral disease, the minister said, “We all wish to be more vigilant for all of the festive season that started with Dussehra and will continue onto Diwali, Chhat Puja, Christmas and then onto Makar Sankranti in the next year. Respiratory virus also spreads all of a sudden in the winter months.”
On the other hand, as of now, the overall Covid-19 death rate in the country is on the lower side, with the national case fatality rate recorded at 1.48%. Of the complete active cases, approximately 0.44% are on ventilator fortify, 2.47% are undergoing remedy in the intensive care unit (ICU), and approximately 4.13% are occupying oxygen supported beds across the country, according to government data.
The first assembly to review Covid-19 preparedness among senior government functionaries of more than a few ministries and departments in the country used to be held on January 8, much before the first Covid-19 case used to be reported in the country on January 30.