Eight states, together with Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka and Telangana, account for round 90 per cent of the lively COVID-19 instances within the nation and 80 per cent of the lively instances have been reported from 49 districts, the Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 was knowledgeable on Thursday.

Besides, the GoM was advised that six states — Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal — account for 86 per cent of the deaths attributable to COVID-19 and 32 districts account for 80 per cent of such fatalities, the Union well being ministry stated.

The GoM, which held its 18th assembly underneath the chairpersonship of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday, was knowledgeable that there was a particular give attention to the areas exhibiting the next COVID-19 fatality fee, the ministry stated.

The GoM was additionally briefed on the present COVID-19 standing in India.

“A global comparison between the five most-affected countries clearly depicted that India has one of the lowest numbers of cases per million (538) and deaths per million (15), compared to the global average of 1,453 and 68.7 respectively,” the ministry stated in an announcement.

Within the nation, eight states — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat — account for round 90 per cent of the lively coronavirus instances, it stated.

As regards the COVID-19 healthcare infrastructure in India, the GoM was knowledgeable that as on Thursday, there have been 3,914 services throughout the nation with 3,77,737 isolation beds (with out ICU help), 39,820 ICU beds and 1,42,415 oxygen-supported beds, together with 20,047 ventilators.

Over 21.Three crore N95 masks, 1.2 crore private protecting tools (PPE) kits and 6.12 crore hydroxychloroquine tablets have up to now been distributed, the GoM was advised.

“As we move forward, our focus shall be on the management of COVID-19 through strict containment measures and surveillance, utilising the full testing capacity, monitoring of the co-morbid and elderly population, predicting the emerging hotspots, leveraging digital tools such as Aarogya Setu, ensuring seamless patient admission processes and infrastructure preparedness (critical-care beds, oxygen, ventilators and logistics),” Vardhan stated.

“Along with the states and Union territories, our aim is to reduce and keep the case fatality rate low by early identification and effective clinical management,” he was quoted as saying in an announcement issued by the ministry.

During Unlock 2.0, the longer term steps would come with a pointy give attention to containment and surveillance, together with demarcation of containment zones and notifying such areas on the well being ministry web site.

It contains strict perimeter management with solely important actions allowed, intensive contact-tracing, house-to-house search or surveillance and buffer zones to be recognized exterior the containment zones.

Dr Sujeet Ok Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control, introduced an in depth report on the surveillance efforts undertaken in India through the pandemic, the ministry stated.

The focus was on a strict containment technique and surveillance by SARI/ILI instances, serological survey and enhancing the laboratory community for testing.

The main concern areas within the nation have been highlighted and the measures to be taken listed, together with a well timed medical administration, together with testing and surveillance within the high-risk inhabitants with co-morbidities, to cut back the case fatality ratio.

In an in depth presentation by Amit Khare, Chairman of the Empowered Group-8 (on info, communication and public consciousness), the GoM was briefed on the important thing steps taken concerning communication of knowledge and elevating public consciousness.  The group obtained 6,755 alerts of faux information, of which 5,890 have been replied to straight and rebuttals printed to 17 international media tales. The group additionally coordinated the difficulty of 98 every day COVID-19 bulletins, 92 media briefings and a couple of,482 press releases.  The group performed a pro-active function within the behavioural change marketing campaign through the pandemic and creating consciousness concerning the reduction measures amongst farmers and MSMEs underneath the “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the ministry stated.

It was highlighted that the psychological well being points associated to the COVID-19 pandemic can be a significant a part of the communication technique going ahead by discussions within the media, the ministry stated.

There was additionally a particular give attention to dissemination of messages and data in regional languages, it added.

India noticed a report single-day surge of 24,879 coronavirus instances on Thursday, which pushed the nation’s COVID-19 tally to 7,67,296, whereas the demise toll as a result of illness climbed to 21,129 with 487 new fatalities, in accordance with the well being ministry information up to date at Eight am.

Vardhan was joined by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Minister of State, Chemical and Fertilisers and Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya.

Dr Vinod Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog, joined the assembly by video-conferencing. PTI PLB RC

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