Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Centre writes to States Witnessing Spike in Daily New Cases

Increase the proportion of RT-PCR tests and subject Rapid Antigen negative people to mandatory Retest by RT-PCR

Strict and Comprehensive Surveillance, and Stringent Containment highlighted as Critical to curbing Spread of the Disease

Posted On: 21 FEB 2021 11:43AM by PIB Delhi

India has been witnessing a rise in the active caseload over the past few days. India’s total Active Caseload is pegged at 1,45,634 today. It now consists of 1.32% of India’s total Positive Cases.

More than 74% of the Active Cases of the country are in Kerala and Maharashtra. Of late it is seen that there has been a spike in the daily cases in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh also. Punjab and J&K too are witnessing a surge in daily new cases.

 

 

 

 

In the last four weeks in Kerala, the average weekly cases have fluctuated between a high of 42,000 to a low of 34,800. Similarly, in the last four weeks, the weekly positivity in Kerala has ranged from 13.9% to 8.9%. In Kerala, the district of Alappuzha is a cause of special concern where the weekly Positivity Rate has increased to 10.7% and weekly cases have increased to 2,833.

In Maharashtra, in the last four weeks, the weekly cases have shown a rising trend and have increased from 18,200 to 21,300; while the weekly positivity has also increased from 4.7% to 8%. The areas of concern are the Mumbai Suburban areas where the weekly cases have risen by 19%. In Nagpur, Amravati, Nashik, Akola and Yavatmal the weekly cases have increased by 33%, 47%, 23%, 55% and 48%, respectively.

Punjab is rapidly assuming critical dimension in respect of the spread of COVID19 infection. In the State, in the last four weeks, the weekly positivity rate has increased from 1.4% to 1.6%, while the weekly cases in the last four weeks have seen a rise from 1300 to 1682. In one district of SBS Nagar alone, the weekly positivity rate has become 4.9% from 3.5% and the weekly cases have more than doubled from 165 to 364.

5 States/UTs have weekly Positivity Rate more than the National Average. The National average is 1.79%. Maharashtra has highest weekly positivity rate with 8.10%.

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The Centre has advised all these States to work on five major areas. These are:

 

  1. Improve the overall testing numbers by focusing on increasing the proportion of RT-PCR tests.
  2. All negative Rapid Antigen Test results to be mandatorily followed by RT-PCR test and no such negative persons are to be missed.
  3. Refocus on strict and comprehensive surveillance as well as stringent containment in selected districts.
  4. Regular monitoring of the mutant strains through testing followed by Genome Sequencing, as well as monitoring of the emerging cluster of cases.
  5. Focusing on clinical management in districts reporting higher deaths.

 

On the front of COVID Vaccination, India’s cumulative Vaccination Coverage has crossed 1.10 Cr.

As on 18th February, 2021, till 8:00 AM, a total of 1,10,85,173 vaccine doses have been administered through 2,30,888 sessions, as per the provisional report till 8 am today. These include 63,91,544 HCWs (1st dose), 9,60,642 HCWs (2nd dose) and 37,32,987 FLWs (1st dose).

The 2nd dose of COVID19 vaccination started on 13th February, 2021 for those beneficiaries who have completed 28 days after receipt of the 1st dose. Vaccination of the FLWs started on 2nd Feb 2021.

S.

No.

 

State/UT

Beneficiaries vaccinated

1stDose

2ndDose

Total Doses

1

A&N Islands

4,846

1,306

6,152

2

Andhra Pradesh

4,07,935

85,536

4,93,471

3

Arunachal Pradesh

19,702

4,041

23,743

4

Assam

1,53,259

11,050

1,64,309

5

Bihar

5,22,379

38,964

5,61,343

6

Chandigarh

12,953

795

13,748

7

Chhattisgarh

3,40,557

20,668

3,61,225

8

Dadra  &Nagar Haveli

4,939

244

5,183

9

Daman  &Diu

1,735

213

1,948

10

Delhi

2,94,081

17,329

3,11,410

11

Goa

15,070

1,113

16,183

12

Gujarat

8,21,940

60,130

8,82,070

13

Haryana

2,08,308

23,987

2,32,295

14

Himachal Pradesh

94,897

12,076

1,06,973

15

Jammu & Kashmir

2,00,695

6,731

2,07,426

16

Jharkhand

2,52,634

11,325

2,63,959

17

Karnataka

5,40,868

1,13,430

6,54,298

18

Kerala

3,99,064

38,829

4,37,893

19

Ladakh

5,631

600

6,231

20

Lakshadweep

1,809

115

1,924

21

Madhya Pradesh

6,40,805

3,778

6,44,583

22

Maharashtra

8,75,752

46,976

9,22,728

23

Manipur

40,215

1,711

41,926

24

Meghalaya

23,877

629

24,506

25

Mizoram

14,627

2,241

16,868

26

Nagaland

21,526

3,909

25,435

27

Odisha

4,38,127

94,966

5,33,093

28

Puducherry

9,251

853

10,104

29

Punjab

1,22,429

13,859

1,36,288

30

Rajasthan

7,82,701

38,358

8,21,059

31

Sikkim

11,865

700

12,565

32

Tamil Nadu

3,39,686

31,160

3,70,846

33

Telangana

2,80,973

87,159

3,68,132

34

Tripura

82,369

11,587

93,956

35

Uttar Pradesh

10,66,290

85,752

11,52,042

36

Uttarakhand

1,30,908

7,146

1,38,054

37

West Bengal

6,33,271

49,786

6,83,057

38

Miscellaneous

3,06,557

31,590

3,38,147

Total

1,01,24,531

9,60,642

1,10,85,173

 

As on Day-36 of the vaccination drive (20th February, 2021), a total of  4,32,931 vaccine doses were administered. Out of which, 2,56,488 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 8,575 sessions for 1st dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 1,76,443 HCWs received 2nd dose of vaccine.

60.04% of those who have received the second dose are concentrated in 7 States. Karnataka alone accounts for 11.81% (1,13,430 doses).

A total of 1.06 Cr (1,06,89,715) people has recovered so far. 11,667 patients have recovered and got discharged in the last 24 hours. India’s Recovery Rate at 97.25% is amongst the highest in the world.

81.65% of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 5 States.

Kerala has reported the maximum number of single day recoveries with 5,841 newly recovered cases. 2,567 people recovered in Maharashtra in the past 24 hours followed by 459 in Tamil Nadu.

 

85.61% of the new cases are from 5 States.

Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 6,281. It is followed by Kerala with 4,650 while Karnataka reported 490 new cases. Only two states – Maharashtra and Kerala account for 77% of daily new cases reported over the last 24 hours.

Twenty two States/UTs have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are Gujarat, Odisha, J&K(UT), Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Assam, Meghalaya, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Ladakh (UT), Nagaland, A&N Islands, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, D&D and D&N.

101 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

Five States account for 80%of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (40). Kerala reported 13 deaths. Punjab has reported another 8 casualties.

In last 24 hours, only 1 state has reported more than 20 deaths; 10 to 20 deaths have been reported by just 1 state; 6 to 10 deaths have been reported by 2 states and 10 states have reported 1 to 5 deaths.

                                                                                                                                               

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