New Delhi, June 8
The Centre today asked the states to keep district-wise prospective plans ready for future pandemic response as Covid-19 caseload reached 2,56,611 with 1,24,429 persons discharged and 7,200 deaths.
Health Secretary Preeti Sudan told representatives of 45 most affected municipalities in 38 districts of 10 states, which are witnessing record surge in new cases, to focus on house-to-house surveys, carry out prompt testing and undertake active surveillance to contain the infection and reduce mortality.
The virtual meeting was attended by district collectors, municipal commissioners, chief medical officers, superintendents of district hospitals and principals of medical colleges from 45 civic bodies in Haryana, Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh.
“States need to activate fever clinics for detection of severe acute respiratory and influenza-like illnesses in buffer zones. In view of lockdown being eased, states must make district-wise plans for the coming months,” the ministry said.
Meanwhile, Covid recoveries have caught up with active cases (1,24,981).
The number of persons cured of Covid-19 trails the number of those presently fighting the infection by 552 cases.
Though the cure rate remained steady at 48 per cent, consistent record increase in daily cases remained a big worry. Record 9,983 infections were reported today.
The ministry said 5,137 patients were cured over the past 24 hours, taking the recovery rate to 48.49 per cent. — TNS
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