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Doubling rate continues to improve, says Health Ministry

Soumyadeep Sarkar

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On the day when India overtook the United Kingdom to be ranked fourth worldwide in terms of Covid-19 cases, the Union Health Ministry revealed that the doubling time continued to improve to 17. 4 days from the previous 3.4 days. The country registered over 10, 000 new cases for the first time in a day.

The Cabinet Secretary held a meeting with Chief Secretaries, Health- and Urban Development Secretaries of all States on Friday asking them to also pay special attention to the emerging epicenters of COVID-19 cases and to undertake strict containment measures to check the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

The Health Ministry revealed that 10,956 new cases have been recorded in the nation since Thursday, along with 396 deaths, taking the country's total tally to 2, 97, 535. This includes 1, 41, 842 active cases, 1, 47, 194 recovered, and 8,498 death, while one patient has left the country.

States were advised to focus on containment, testing and tracing, upgrading health infrastructure, clinical management, and community engagement for effective management of the virus, even as the country reached the 3 lakh mark in Covid-19 cases after overtaking the United Kingdom.

The active house-to-house surveillance in containment zones was stressed since it was critical for early identification of cases, and states were requested to upgrade the health infrastructure in the state to successfully combat Covid-19 while ensuring sufficient logistics, and trained human resources.

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States were requested to reach out to the community to encourage social distancing norms as well as the promotion of COVID-19 appropriate behavior in the community at all times. The Health Ministry also revealed that the recovery rate of Covid-19 positive cases increased and currently stands at 49.47 percent.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) ramped up the testing capacity for the detection of Covid-19 along with the operation of 877 laboratories – 637 government and 240 private –in the country. 53, 63,445 samples have been tested so far, with 1, 50,305 of them in the last 24 hours.

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