Union Health Secretary asks states to review Covid restrictions in wake of fall in cases

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan

New Delhi

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Wednesday has urged all the states and union territories to review, amend or end additional Covid restrictions after analysing the trend of new infections and positivity rate in their regions. This came following the latest stats that India has seen, following a significant decline in the overall number of Covid cases. The same was noted by the health secretary in his written letter to the states where he noted that the country was showing a sustained declining trend since January 21.

India recorded 30,757 new Covid-19 infections and 541 deaths on Thursday morning, as per the official data shared by the Union Health Ministry. With this, active cases now stand at 3,32,918, while the death toll has risen to 5,10,413. According to the Ministry, the daily positivity rate has been recorded at 2.61% while the weekly positivity rate has been recorded at 3.04%. The number of people who have recovered from the disease has increased to 4,19,10,984, while the case fatality rate has been recorded at 1.19%.

The Centre has directed all states and union territories to revisit the Covid situation and take appropriate action. It has also urged the people to remain vigilant and cautious. The Health Secretary in his letter said, “States/UTs must also continue monitoring the trajectory of cases and spread of infection on a daily basis. They may also use the five-fold strategy of- Test- Track-Treat-Vaccination & adherence to Covid appropriate behavior.”

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