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Coronavirus | Marginal decrease in daily cases

Scene at City Square mall during unlock phase two of 5.0 nationwide lockdown following Covid-19 pandemic, with hardly any customers on day one, at Rajouri Garden in West Delhi on June 8, 2020.

Scene at City Square mall during unlock phase two of 5.0 nationwide lockdown following Covid-19 pandemic, with hardly any customers on day one, at Rajouri Garden in West Delhi on June 8, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The recovery rate increased marginally to 48.43%. The bulk of the new cases were confirmed in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi

The daily increase in total number of COVID-19 cases fell to 8,552 on Monday after going beyond 10,000 recently. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 1,08,048 samples were tested on June 8, a steep decrease from the 1,42,069 samples tested the previous day.

There were 2,65,916 confirmed cases as of Monday, with 1,29,569 active ones. A total of 270 people died, adding to the overall death tally of 7,471.

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The recovery rate increased marginally to 48.43%. The bulk of the new cases were confirmed in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi.

Centre seeks district-level plans

The Union Health Ministry, on Monday, directed States to make district-wise prospective plans for the coming months to tackle COVID-19.

Health Secretary Preeti Sudan, along with senior Health Ministry officials, held a review with District Collectors, municipal commissioners, chief medical officers, superintendents of district hospitals and principals of medical colleges from 45 municipalities and municipal corporations across 38 districts in 10 States that are witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Districts officials from Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh participated in the discussion.

“Main issues discussed included widespread infection in densely populated urban areas, with areas that shared public amenities; importance of house-to-house surveys; prompt testing followed by prompt isolation and clinical management of cases and containment strategy to be implemented,” a release issued by the Ministry said.

‘Initiate measures’

The Health Minister has directed State officials to initiate measures in containment zones for case management and buffer zones surveillance activities, and the promotion of COVID-appropriate behaviour.

“To reduce the case fatality rate, the officials were briefed on measures to be taken like prioritising the high-risk segments like elderly people and people with co-morbidities while contact-tracing to prevent deaths; active surveillance measures, adequate testing and promoting health seeking behaviour for timely detection of cases; ensuring timely shifting of patients without escalating the symptoms,” said a senior health official.

He added that States had been also advised that adequate planning for health infrastructure should be taken up; adequate number of surveillance teams must be provided and a system should be put in place for bed availability management.

Constant attention

The Health Ministry has said areas that need constant attention included active house-to-house survey for timely detection, augmentation of the survey teams, efficient ambulance management, efficient triaging of patients at the hospitals and bed management and clinical management of the hospitalised cases.

Dismissing claims that wearing a mask leads to carbon dioxide retention, as far as lung capacity is concerned, All India Institute of Medical Sciences director Randeep Guleria said with a mask even pre-symptomatic persons may be saved from spreading the infection.

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