COVID cases increased in 22 districts, including seven in Kerala

New Delhi: The Health Ministry said on Tuesday that 22 districts in the country have seen an increase in COVID-19 case trends over the last four weeks, which is cause for concern.

It also said that over 54 districts in the country have reported more than 10 per cent COVID-19 positivity.

While addressing a press briefing here, Union Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said, “There are 22 districts — 7 from Kerala, 5 from Manipur, 3 in Meghalaya among others, where an increasing trend in cases has been reported, in the last 4 weeks. It is a cause of concern.”

Agarwal said there are still 62 districts in the country where over 100 cases are reported every day, which are found in a localised and limited set of areas of these districts.

The average number of new cases per day fell from 3,87,029 between the 5th and 11th of May to 38,090 between the 21st and 27th of July. The country’s recovery rate is now at 97.4 percent, according to the Joint Secretary.

“54 districts in India are reporting more than 10% COVID-19 positivity for the week ending July 26,” he said.

“From a global standpoint, the pandemic is far from over.” There has been a noticeable increase in the number of cases all over the world, which remains a source of concern. “We must work hard to keep the virus from spreading,” he added.

“Early detection is one of the most important tools for ensuring that COVID-infected people do not progress to a critical stage. Every day, over 15.8 lakh COVID-19 tests are performed “He continued.

Niti Aayog Member-Health Dr. VK Paul spoke about a study that was conducted on 15 lakh doctors and frontline workers at Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) who were given Covishield.

“It revealed that there was a 93% reduction in infection during the second wave, which was driven by the Delta variant, and a 98% reduction in mortality,” Dr Paul said.

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