– globalbihari bureau
New Delhi: While since yesterday, confirmed COVID-19 cases saw an increase of 6654 in the country, just 11 municipal areas from seven states account for 70 per cent of India’s 1,25,101 active cases, the Union Health and Family Welfare ministry stated here on Saturday.
These 11 municipal areas are from the following States: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, and Rajasthan.
At a high level review meeting attended among others by Health Secretary Preeti Sudan, through video here, it was pointed out that the focus needs to be on prevention through active screening of high risk and vulnerable population and groups, and effective and sturdy clinical management of the admitted cases to reduce fatality rate.
It was pointed out that testing needs to stepped up in some municipal areas to ensure early detection of cases, timely clinical management and a reduction in fatality rate. So far, a total of 51,783 people have been cured. In the last 24 hours, 3,250 patients were found cured. This took the total recovery rate to 41.39%.
The measures taken and best practices followed by the municipal corporations for the management of COVID-19 cases were also discussed. Mumbai Municipal Commissioner briefed about establishing close cooperation between private hospitals and municipal authorities to pool the health infrastructure like ICU beds/ oxygen beds among other things in Mumbai, one of the worst affected cities along with Indore and Agra. They shall also soon make public the online portal displaying the bed availability with unique ID numbers for each bed, and also set up a GPS backed online ambulance tracking system.
Indore authorities have focused on contact tracing, and active house to house survey, the ministry was told. They have formed ‘gully patrolling teams’ which include community volunteers and retired government officials helping the special surveillance teams in containment zones to improve confidence building measures, active surveillance, and provisioning of essential items.