On Thursday, the government stated that the coronavirus challenge has not ended yet, even though around 20,000 new Covid-19 cases are being recorded in the country on average and its Covid-19 graph seems to be plateauing. A senior government official stated that to some extent, we can say that we haven’t controlled the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, and we need to make continuous efforts to bring the pandemic under control.
During a briefing, Lav Agarwal, joint secretary of the Union health ministry, said that we need to be vigilant and stay alert during October, November, and December.
Agarwal added that Kerala contributed around 50% of the total cases that were recorded last week, and Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, and Karnataka reported more than 10,000 active cases. He added that a weekly positivity rate between five and ten percent was observed in 28 Districts across 12 states and Union Territories.
Lav Agarwal also stated that among the 28 districts, some are located in Arunachal and Assam. He added that around 34 districts are reporting a weekly positivity rate of more than 10 percent.
Furthermore, Agarwal stated that Lakshadweep, Chandigarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar, and Sikkim have administered 100 percent of its population with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
Dr. VK Paul, Niti Aayog member (health), stated that the government has made preparations against any possible oxygen-related crisis in the future, and around 1,200 pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants are now functional in the country. He added that 4,000 PSA oxygen plants will be available across the country once the current program is completed. Dr. Paul’s statement came few hours after PM Narendra Modi inaugurated 35 PSA plants virtually.