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10 states leading surge told to go in for curbs


New Delhi, July 31

Amid a looming third Covid wave, the government on Saturday reviewed the situation in 10 states that are leading the disease resurgence nationally and advised them to go in for containment in areas with high case positivity.

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Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Manipur were today told to consider a three-pronged strategy for early control over rising cases. The suggestions are intensive containment and active surveillance in clusters reporting higher cases; defined containment zones; and regular reviews for implementation of Emergency Covid Response Package with focus on rural areas and paediatric cases and reporting of deaths as per ICMR guidelines.

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Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in the meeting that 80% of active cases in these 10 states were in home isolation and required proper tracking.

“It was forcefully underlined that any laxity at this stage will result in deterioration of the situation in these districts,” the Health Ministry said after the review.

The vaccination must be prioritised in these districts to ensure people remained protected, said Bhushan.

Balram Bhargava, ICMR DG, warned against complacency citing 40,000 cases being reported daily for four days. “States have been told to ramp up testing to bring the positivity rate below 5 per cent,” said Bhargava.

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