According to data shared by the Union health ministry, 1.78 lakh Covid-19 tests were conducted across states/UTS in the last 24 hours and the positivity rate was recorded at 3.39%.
India has been witnessing a steady increase in Covid-19 cases, with average daily cases rising to 4,188 in the week ending April 7, from 571 in the week ending March 17.
Eight states are reporting high number of Covid cases in India with 10 or more districts reporting more than 10% positivity in Kerala, Maharashtra and Delhi and over 5 districts reporting more than 5% positivity in the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Haryana, the health ministry said.
‘Omicron subvariant circulating, hospitalisation not increased’: Mandaviya on India’s active Covid-19 situation
The Union health ministry, in a review meeting with states on Friday, stressed on the importance of enhancing public awareness campaigns regarding adherence to Covid appropriate behaviour.
Health minister Mansukh Mandaviya requested all state health ministers to personally monitor and review the preparedness of all logistics and infrastructure including availability of sufficient designated hospital beds and ensure that there is adequate stock of essential medicines. States were also asked to regularly update their Covid data on the Covid India Portal. Next week, on Monday and Tuesday, a nationwide mock drill is planned to assess emergency preparedness of both public and private hospitals.
The states were informed in the review meeting that WHO was closely tracking one subvariant of interest (VOI), XBB.1.5, while six other subvariants are being monitored (BQ.1, BA.2.75, CH.1.1, XBB, XBF and XBB.1.16). “It was highlighted that while Omicron and its sub-lineages continue to be the predominant variant, most of the assigned subvariants have little or no significant transmissibility, disease severity or immune escape. The prevalence of XBB.1.16 increased from 21.6% in Feb to 35.8% in March,” the ministry said.