Within the wake of the alarming surge in Covid-19 instances throughout the nation, the Centre has requested the Uttarakhand Authorities to take stringent measures to manage the unfold of the Coivd-19 virus through the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.
Union Well being Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash to highlighten the issues raised by the high-level central workforce, which visited Uttarakhand on March 16 and 17 to overview the medical and public well being preparedness measures undertaken for the continuing Kumbh Mela.
The Union Well being Secretary in his letter noticed that presently greater than 12 states in India have proven a surge in Covid-19 instances through the previous few weeks, including the pilgrims anticipated to go to Haridwar through the Kumbh Mela may be from these states.
He added it has been famous there’s a potential of an upsurge in instances within the native inhabitants after the auspicious Shahi Snan days through the Kumbh Mela.
Noting 10-20 pilgrims and 10-20 locals are being reported optimistic daily as per the central workforce’s report, the Well being Secretary additional stated this positivity charge has the potential to quickly turning to an upsurge in instances given the anticipated massive footfall through the Kumbh Mela.
The Centre knowledgeable the state authorities that the day by day testing numbers reported in Haridwar (i.e. 50,000 Speedy Antigen Assessments and 5,000 RT-PCR exams) will not be sufficient to successfully offset large variety of anticipated pilgrim footfall.
The state authorities has been suggested that the share of RTP-CR exams being performed at current must be considerably elevated as per tips of the Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR) to make sure the pilgrims and native inhabitants is appropriately examined.
The Union Well being Secretary has urged the Uttarakhand Authorities to take inventory of the general public well being measures being undertaken by the state in consonance with the Well being Ministry’s suggestions.
This comes because the 5 states of Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka and Gujarat account for 77.7 % of the brand new Covid-19 instances reported within the final 24 hours. Maharashtra continues to report the very best day by day new instances at 27,126 adopted by Punjab with 2,578 instances and Kerala reporting 2,078 new instances.