Centre exhorts NE states to actively break COVID-19 chain of transmission

COVID-19 chain

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 in eight states of North East, the Central government has asked the states to follow strategies to break the transmission of the virus.

NE states currently account for less than five per cent of country’s total active cases; Assam (68 per cent) and Tripura (17 per cent) top list

In a video conference (VC) held on September 11, the Union health secretary has exhorted the eight North Eastern (NE) states, which together account for less than five per cent of the total active cases in the country, to actively break the COVID-19 chain of transmission.

With active cases numbering 29,690 (as on date), Assam presently constitutes 68 per cent share in the total active caseload of these eight NE states. Tripura has 7,383 active cases and occupies the second place with 17 per cent of the total active caseload of these states.

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The states were advised to take steps on the following specific areas:

  • Limiting the spread of the infection by implementing stringent containment measures and following social distancing measures, strict perimeter control, and active house-to-house case search.
  • Early identification by ramping up testing across the states and districts, judicious and full utilization of RT-PCR testing capacity.
  • Effective monitoring of home isolation cases and early hospitalisation in case of disease progression.
  • Seamless hospitalisation and early admission for patients requiring medical support, especially in cases of co-morbid and elderly population.
  • Keeping the mortality rate to one percent or less.The VC was attended by the principal secretaries, health secretaries and other state representatives from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.

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