Union Health Ministry Issues Advisory To States On Rising Cases Of Covid, Urges Vigilance
New Delhi, December 19 (TNA) With one patient in Kerala found infected by JN.1, the new sub-variant of Coronavirus, the union health ministry has issued an advisory to states and has asked officials to be vigilant. The Central Government has urged all the states to maintain constant monitoring of the Covid situation.
Urging all the states to maintain constant monitoring of the Covid situation the states have been additionally asked to regularly report and monitor SARI and ILI cases in every district.
The Union Health Ministry has advised states to ensure adequate testing, including RT-PCR tests in maximum numbers. At the same time, the government has asked the states to send positive samples to INSACOG laboratories for genome sequencing. In a letter to states and union territories, Union Health Secretary Sudhansh Pant said that because of the sustained and collaborative work between the central and state governments, the COVID-19 pandemic was contained effectively.
Pant said that recently, some states like Kerala have reported a slight increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. The first case of Covid sub-variant JN.1 in India was found in Kerala on December 8. According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry on Monday, 335 new Covid-19 cases have been reported in the country. With this, the number of active cases in the country has increased to 1,701.
According to the data of the Health Ministry till 8 am on Sunday, the cases of Covid-19 in India have increased to 4 crore 50 lakh 4 thousand 816, while 5 lakh 33 thousand 316 people have died due to Corona in the country.