The Centre has advised the state governments to adopt aggressive and widespread testing to ensure that the missed out and undetected positive COVID-19 cases are promptly identified for timely and effective tracing, containment and subsequent treatment. The health ministry rushed teams to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Manipur on Thursday.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director Randeep Guleria is leading the three-member team to Haryana, Niti Aayog member (health) VK Paul is heading the Rajasthan team, NCDC director SK Singh will be leading the Gujarat team and Additional DDG, Directorate General of Health Services L Swasticharan is heading the Manipur team. The teams will visit the districts reporting high number of Covid cases and support the state efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, and efficient clinical management of the positive cases.
The central teams shall also guide in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up. The Centre is also contemplating sending high level multidisciplinary teams to other states that are reporting a rise in Covid-19 cases.
India has tested 12,95,91,786 samples. Over 10 lakh tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. High levels of widespread testing have ensured that the cumulative positivity rate is sustained at low levels and is presently following a downward trajectory. As per health ministry statistics, the cumulative national positivity rate stands at 6.95% today, less than the 7% mark. However, states like Maharashtra and Delhi are showing higher positivity rate. Ten states account for 78.2% of total active cases in India. Maharashtra leads the tally reporting 18.19% cases, followed by Kerala at 15.4% and Delhi at 9.74%.