States told to trace and quarantine contacts of at least 80% of new COVID positive cases within 72 hours
– globalbihari bureau
[the_ad_placement id=”content-placement-after-3rd-paragraph”]New Delhi: While 22,252 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 6270 active cases. and 467 deaths due to the pandemic were reported in last 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) “specifically advised” all state governments to ensure that at least 80% of new positive cases have their contacts traced and quarantined within 72 hours of confirmation of the positive case.
While the Central and State/UT governments had been following the “Test, Track and Treat” strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, now governments had also “intensified” along with testing, contact tracing and house to house surveys especially in the containment zones.
The MoHFW stated on Tuesday that the States/UTs with high case load of COVID-19 were now turning their focus on early identification and effective clinical management of positive cases to ensure that recovery per million was more than active cases per million.
“This shows that while the total number of positive cases might be high but the recoveries are fast catching up, thereby keeping the active cases low. This has also ensured that COVID healthcare facilities are not under pressure and are not stretched,” it stated.
Government statistics showed that India had 315.8 recovered cases per million while the active cases per million in the country was at a “low level” of 186.3.
In the meantime, ASHA workers across Karnataka, who were on the frontline of battling the pandemic, would boycott work from July 10, as the State government failed to meet their demands. The state had 1843 new cases, 680 discharges and 30 deaths reported yesterday. Total positive cases in the states were: 25,317 Active cases: 14,385 Deaths: 401 Discharges: 10,527.
In Telangana, private medical colleges in Hyderabad called for clarity on Covid patients’ treatment, expenses. Moreover, with Covid-19 cases on the rise, the Telangana government was now trying to put in place the e-office system, the implementation of which had been pending for a long time. Total cases till yesterday in the state were: 25,733 Active cases: 10,646 Deaths: 306, Discharges: 14,781.
In Gujarat, the total number of cases of COVID-19 reached up to 36,858, with the report of 735 new cases in the last 24 hours. The state recorded more than 700 new cases on the third consecutive day on Tuesday. Also, 17 new deaths had been reported, which increased the state’s death toll to 1962. The maximum of 201 cases were reported from Surat, while Ahmedabad recorded 168 new cases.
In neigbouring Maharashtra, though, the state government now allowed hotels, lodges and guest houses outside containment zones, to operate from tomorrow with 33% of their capacity. This despite reports of 5,368 new Coronavirus positive cases in the last 24 hours that took the state tally to 2,11,987 cases. 3,522 patients were cured and discharged on Monday, taking the number of cured persons to 1,15,262. There were 87,681 active cases in the state which had thus far reported 9026 deaths due to Covid-19.
In Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, employees of the APSRTC boycotted duties on Tuesday expressing fears over Covid-19 situation after two employees succumbed to Covid-19 recently and fresh cases being reported. The state had 1178 new cases, 762 discharged and 13 deaths during last 24 hours after testing 16,238 samples. Of the 1178 cases, 22 were inter-state cases and one from abroad. Total cases in the state were: 21,197, Active cases: 11,200 Deaths: 252 Discharges: 9745.
Kerala reported one more Covid death that took the toll to 28. The deceased was a 24-year old gulf returnee in Kollam district who died yesterday while in home quarantine and his test results came positive today. Six more residents of an apartment complex in Kozhikode were tested positive taking the tally to 11. Following this, the district administration issued new directions after finding that the residents were not maintaining Covid-19 protocol. Three more Keralites succumbed to the coronavirus outside the state. One was in Kuwait and two in Mumbai. Death toll of Malayalees in Mumbai has reached forty. 193 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala yesterday. 2,252 patients were now undergoing treatment and 1.83 lakh people were in quarantine for the same.
In Chandigarh, the Administrator of the Union Territory stressed on more vigorous contacts tracing and screening of outsiders, both at the time of entering the city and also in their place of stay. He directed the doctors and the municipal authorities to ensure that there was no outbreak of monsoon related diseases, and also ordered that the practice of employees having lunch together in canteens or in office rooms should be discontinued, keeping in view the social distancing norms. During tea break also, the employees should wear masks and maintain social distancing, he ordered. The Punjab government, in the meantime, made the process of e-registration for all travellers to the state mandatory in the state. “The objective of e-registration is to avoid any inconvenience to the travellers due to crowding and long queues at the border checkpoints,” it stated.