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No room for complacency in COVID-19 fight: PM

‘Priority given to monitoring and containment’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reiterated the need to observe personal hygiene and physical distancing in public places. He was speaking after attending a COVID-19 review meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and senior government officials

The Prime Minister also appreciated the manner in which the pandemic had been “contained” in Delhi.

Mr. Modi said that priority was being given to “close monitoring and guiding the containment work in regions where the infection rate is high”.

Stating that there was no room for complacency in this regard, he said that awareness of COVID-19 should be disseminated widely and that there should be a continuous emphasis on preventing the spread of the infection.

He also appreciated the efforts of the Centre and State and local authorities in containing the pandemic in Delhi, and directed that a similar approach be adopted by the governments of the neighouring States for containment in the entire National Capital Region. India on Saturday recorded the recovery and discharge of a total of 5,15,385 COVID-19 patients so far.

“There are 2,83,407 active cases and all are under medical supervision either at the Central and State government hospitals for severe cases, and in home isolation for pre-symptomatic patients and those showing moderate symptoms,” said the Ministry. It noted that the recent policy changes, including allowing all registered medical practitioners to recommend testing for COVID-19 and the introduction of Rapid Antigen Point of Care testing along with RT-PCR (Real Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction,) have substantially bolstered monitoring.

“So far, 1,13,07,002 samples have been tested through the collective public and private labs under Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) diagnostic network of 1,180 labs in the country. While those in the public sector have increased to 841 labs, the number of private labs has also been strengthened to a total of 339,” said ICMR.

2,82,511 samples were tested on Friday and currently, India’s tests per million (TPM) figure stands at 8,193.

“The States as well as the medical college hospitals designated as centres of excellence were reminded by ICMR and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) that indiscriminate use of ‘investigational therapies’ may cause more harm than good,’’ noted the Health Ministry. It added that the ICMR had strongly recommended that the focus of COVID-19 clinical management should continue to remain on oxygen therapy (including high flow nasal oxygen), steroids, appropriate and timely administration of anti-coagulants and supportive care.

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