In a latest development regarding Covid-19 management, the Centre on Saturday asked states and union territories witnessing surge in cases to continue with the strategy of “test, track and treat” and accelerate vaccination for priority population groups in districts reporting higher infections on mission mode.
Meanwhile, the Centre has rushed high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab in view of the increase in number of daily COVID-19 cases being reported by these states. The teams are being deployed to assist State Health Departments in coronavirus surveillance, control and containment measures, the Union health ministry said. The teams will visit the (COVID-19) hotspot areas in the states and ascertain reasons for the surge in cases, the ministry said.
Nearly 15 lakh people were inoculated against coronavirus on March 5, the highest in a day so far, taking the total number of vaccine doses administered in the country to over 1.94 crore, the health ministry said on Saturday. India is currently undergoing phase II of its Covid-19 inoculation drive, allowing citizens above the age of 60 and above 45 with co-morbidities to take the jab.
India reported 18,327 fresh Covid-19 cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am Saturday, taking the total number of infections to over 1.11 crore. With 108 deaths reported on Friday, the country’s death toll is now over 1.57 lakh. Out of the total cases, over 1.80 lakh are active while 1.08 crore have recovered after testing positive.