China Covid Spike, Mansukh Mandaviya: Centre’s Big Meet Today After China Covid Spike Triggers Alarm: 10 Facts

Big Center Meeting Today After China's Covid Spike Raises Alarm: 10 Facts

The country has reported 112 new infections in the last 24 hours

New Delhi:
The rise of Covid in China has sent alarm bells ringing in India. The Center has outlined some preparatory steps and Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will hold a review meeting today with senior officials and experts on the pandemic situation.

Here are the top 10 takeaways from this great story

  1. The government has said that samples of all Covid-positive cases should be sent daily to INSACOG genome sequencing laboratories, mapped to all states and Union Territories. INSACOG is a forum under Ministry of Health to study and control various strains of Covid in India.

  2. “Given the sudden influx of cases occurring in Japan, the United States of America, the Republic of Korea, Brazil and China, it is imperative to adapt whole genome sequencing of samples from positive cases to track variants,” reads a letter. by Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan to all states.

  3. “Such an exercise will enable early detection of new variants circulating in the country, facilitating the adoption of necessary public health measures,” Mr Bhushan wrote.

  4. The country has reported 112 new infections in the last 24 hours — down from 181 on Monday — and the number of active cases now stands at 3,490, according to Union Health Ministry data.

  5. Three deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, two from Kerala and one from Maharashtra, taking the total to 5,30,677. According to the ministry’s website, about 220 million doses of the Covid vaccine have been administered nationwide so far.

  6. China is reportedly struggling to contain a surge in Covid-related deaths after an abrupt change to its Zero Covid policy that imposed strict lockdowns and mass testing.

  7. The Zero Covid strategy sparked massive protests after 10 people died in an apartment building, allegedly because fire engines were unable to effectively tackle the blaze due to barricade protocol in the area.

  8. According to reports, the recent surge in cases has brought hospitals to their knees and pharmacies have run out of medicine. Crematoria are reportedly working overtime.

  9. Chinese authorities say it is impossible to track the progress of the virus, AFP news agency reported. Local authorities in Beijing reported just five deaths from Covid on Tuesday – up from two on Monday.

  10. Health officials in Beijing said only those who died directly from respiratory failure caused by the virus would be counted in the Covid death statistics. In Omicron cases, most deaths are due to post-Covid complications.

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