New Delhi, June 4: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written a letter to officials of five states — Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Tamil Nadu — to closely monitor emerging clusters of Covid-19 cases and maintain an adequate number of tests, and send samples from infected individuals for genome sequencing.
"There are a few states that are reporting a higher contribution to India's cases indicating the possibility of a localised spread of infection. There is, therefore, a need to follow a risk assessment based approach on the public health responses without losing the gains made so far in the fight against the pandemic," reads the letter.
The state is advised to follow a five-fold strategy ie test - track - treat - vaccination and should also follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour, monitoring clusters of new cases and adequate testing as per guidelines.
Bhusan pointed out that a sustained and significant decline in the number of Covid-19 cases has been observed in India over the past 3 months. He said, in the past one week, a slight upsurge in cases is being noticed as 15,708 cases were reported in the week ending 27th May which has gone up to 21,055 cases till June 3. There is also a rise in weekly positivity from 0.52 per cent to 0.73 per cent during the week, he added.
Meanwhile, India has reported a marginal dip in the Covid-19 cases on Saturday, as the country logged 3,962 fresh infections in the last 24 hours. On Friday, after nearly three months, the daily tally of cases in India had crossed the 4,000-mark with the country logging 4,041 infections in the last 24 hours.
With this, India's active COVID caseload stands at 22,416, constituting 0.05 per cent of the country's total positive cases. The daily positivity rate of 0.77 per cent was observed in the last 24 hours, while the weekly positivity rate was recorded to be 0.89 per cent, the health ministry informed today.