Union Home Minister examines Covid-19 situation in northeastern states


A day after the Union Ministry of Health expressed concern over the increase in Covid-19 cases in the Northeastern States (NE) and the Union Territories (UT), the Minister Union Interior Minister Rajiv Guaba chaired a meeting on Wednesday to examine the Covid-19 situation in these regions.

During the meeting, the current status and trends of active cases, case fatality rate (CFR), case positivity rate (CPR) and vaccination status in all UT and NE states were discussed.

It was also noted that out of 73 districts in the country with a CPR greater than 10%, 46 were in northeastern states, where strict containment measures must be taken in accordance with the guidelines in force.

The Union Home Minister stressed that he was following a five-pronged strategy of test-follow-treat-vaccinate and behave appropriately to COVID, as spelled out in the ministry’s order. of the Interior (MHA) of June 29, 2021.

NE States and TUs have been advised to strictly monitor the situation at the district / city level and take corrective action in a timely manner, whenever an early sign of an increase is detected. For districts identified with high case positivity and higher bed occupancy, States / UTs may consider imposing restrictions in a calibrated manner. Strict application of appropriate behavior to COVID was reiterated and it was advised to involve political leaders and civil society organizations.

Lav Agarwal, co-secretary of the Union’s Ministry of Health, said on Tuesday that 73 districts in India were reporting more than 10% positivity for the week of June 29 to July 5, 2021. The majority of districts in the northern states -est, namely Arunachal Pradesh (18), Rajasthan (10), Manipur (9), Kerala (7), Meghalaya (6), Tripura (4), Sikkim (4), Odisha (3), Nagaland ( 3), Assam (2), Chhattisgarh (1), Himachal Pradesh (1), Lakshadweep (1), Telangana (1), Maharashtra (1), Mizoram (1) and Pondicherry (1).

However, the pandemic is declining nationwide, cases continue to rise in northeastern states. Daily new cases continue to show a decline in wave two. There has been a drop of 13 % of the average number of daily new cases over the past week. But 80% of new cases in India were reported in 90 districts, indicating the need for targeted attention in these areas. The second wave still exists of limited in some states, ”Agarwal said.

Assam reported 2,433 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday with 34 Covid-related deaths. Manipur reported a 17% positivity rate with 863 new cases and 14 deaths.

Meghalaya has recorded 457 new cases of Covid-19 while nine deaths have been recorded due to the viral infection in the past 24 hours. Likewise, the number of confirmed cases of covid-19 in Sikkim has reached 21,403 with 177 new cases of the novel coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours.

Tripura has reported 1,474 positive cases and 4 deaths in the past 24 hours. Nagaland has reported 60 new positive cases and 11 deaths. Nationally, India has reported 43,733 new cases of covid-19 in the past 24 hours and 924 deaths.

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