The Centre has deputed high-level multi-disciplinary teams to Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Jammu and Kashmir (UT) to ascertain reasons for the surge in Covid-19 count and coordinate with the state health departments in Covid19 control and containment measures.
The Centre has also written to states and UTs to focus on undertaking “aggressive” measures to break the chain of transmission. It has also advised the states and UTs to increase testing in a focused manner in the affected districts with the appropriate split of RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests, besides ensuring that all symptomatic negatives of antigen tests are compulsorily tested via RT-PCR tests.
It has also said that the positive persons are to be promptly isolated or hospitalised, and all their close contacts are traced and tested without delay. The Centre has also advised the states to review the emerging situation regularly with district officials concerned to ensure that gains made so far in Covid management are not lost.
The country’s active caseload is 1,51,708 today comprising 1.37% of the total positive cases. This is largely attributable to the upsurge in daily new cases in some states. Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Chhattisgarh have recorded a rise in daily new cases. 16,738 new daily cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours. 89.57% of the new cases are from seven states. Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 8,807. It is followed by Kerala with 4,106 and Punjab reported 558 new cases. On the other hand, the country has been witnessing a continuous decline in the cumulative positivity rate. As of February 25, 2021, the cumulative positivity rate stands at 5.17%.
As of 7 am February 25, the vaccination coverage was 1,26,71,163 through 2,64,315 sessions, as per the provisional report. These include 65,47,831 HCWs (First dose), 16,16,348 HCWs (Second dose) and 45,06,984 FLWs (First dose). The second dose of Covid-19 vaccination started on February 13, 2021, for those beneficiaries who have completed 28 days after receipt of the first dose. Vaccination of the FLWs started on February 2 2021.