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Preparation for covid meeting………
The PM (Prime Minister) of India is likely to hold a high-level meeting to reassess the COVID situation in the country, according to the local media report. It was only a week before when the Union Health Ministry wrote to six states regarding a significant rise in COVID-19 cases, urging them to practice a risk assessment-based approach to prevent and curtail the spread of the virus. The Union Health Ministry also suggested a possibility of the Coronavirus cases going rampant, thus a further increase in the active cases count may be anticipated.
Rajesh Bhushan, the Union Health Secretary, in a letter to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka conveyed that “There are a few states which are witnessing a high count of cases which indicates an impending localized spread of the infection, and there is a dire requirement to follow risk assessment based approach to prevent and contain the infection.”
The Union Health Secretary, Bhushan voiced, “It is extremely essential that the state must maintain a strict watch and take pre-emptive actions and measures if need be in any areas of concern to subjugate and control the emerging spread of infection.”
Topics to be discussed for covid meeting………
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting today, at 4:30 PM, to examine how prepared and ready the public health services are amid the unprecedented rise in the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. India, as per reports, has recorded 1,134 fresh infections, causing the elevation of active cases to reach the height of 7,026. The report had data that was updated by the Union Health Ministry only on Wednesday.
The death toll associated with COVID has been shooting through the skies, reaching the massive count of 5,30,813 with five more fatalities. The states, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, and Maharashtra had reported one death each, while a single fatality was reconciled by Kerala. The daily positivity was recorded at 1.09 percent while the weekly positivity was recorded to be at 0.98 percent.
On Wednesday the number of fresh new cases in the nation was found to be 1,134 vs 699 which was reported on the day prior. It is alarming that the rise in COVID cases is coinciding with the increasing rampancy in the number of the H3N2 flu. Several doctors claim that the change in seasons is causing this unprecedented spurt in cases.
The surge in COVID cases this year coincides with the unseasonal downpours in March, which has caused a significant rise in the number of flu cases, including the new strain of the H3N2 virus. The symptoms – cold, cough, body ache, fever, and sore throat – are very much similar in the case of H3N2 and COVID.
As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (IMCR), H3N2 and H3N1 are influenzas, viruses that have similar flu symptoms in some severe cases, however, the patient may experience shortness of breath and/or wheezing. The Doctors however reveal that there is no cause to be extremely concerned about.
The recent COVID cases are trusted to be a part of the Omicron sub-variants of XBB.1.16 and XBB.1.5 – which are known to be highly contagious or transmissible. Several experts, however, believe that it might not lead to a new wave. “We believe that this is a change in season and we are witnessing the rise in cases owing to that. The moment summer sets in and the sweltering heat come in, the case count is expected to drop.”