5%-10% Currently, Covid cases necessitate hospitalisation: State health secy

With the number of Covid-19 cases increasing rapidly in recent days, the Union health secretary urged states and UTs to keep a close eye on the active caseload, as well as hospitalizations and home isolations.

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The latest resurgence in coronavirus cases, according to Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan, appears to be driven by the ‘variant of concern’ (VoC) Omicron and the continued presence of the other strain Delta.

According to Bhushan, five to ten percent of active cases have required hospitalisation so far in the current surge. He did warn, however, that the situation is fluid and changing, and that the need for hospitalisation could shift quickly.

State health secy
State health secy

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So far, 5-10% of active cases have required hospitalisation due to the current surge. The situation is fluid and changing, and the need for hospitalisation may shift quickly. All states/UTs are advised to keep a close eye on the total number of active cases: Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary of Health, to States/UTs

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The senior officer urged officials in all states and territories to keep a close eye on the total number of active cases, those in home isolation, and patients in need of oxygen, ICU beds, or ventilation support.

According to the ministry, the need for healthcare workers and their availability should be reviewed on a daily basis based on this monitoring.

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It also asked state and UT officials to save healthcare workers by working in a staggered schedule, as both infrastructure and human resources are limited.

In the last 24 hours, the country saw 1,79,723 cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), as the Omicron variant spread rapidly throughout the country. The number of active cases has surpassed 700,000, according to data published by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

This is the fourth day in a row that India’s daily tally has remained above 100,000.

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