Covid Meet: PM Modi Calls For Testing of All SARI Cases, Ramping Up Genome Sequencing

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting on Wednesday to assess public health readiness and review the Covid situation in light of the country’s rising number of cases. While presiding over the meeting, the Prime Minister advised everyone to take the necessary precautions against the coronavirus and to remain vigilant. As per the PTI report, he further called for enhancing lab surveillance, testing of all severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) cases and increase genome sequencing.

PM Modi also spoke about the importance of maintaining repsiratory hygiene and engaging in behavior that is appropriate for children.

According to data updated on Wednesday by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 1,134 new coronavirus cases and 7,026 active cases.

In addition, PM Modi apprised on the influenza situation, particularly in light of the increased number of H1N1 and H3N2 cases that have been reported in the country over the past few months.

Five deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of Covid-19 fatalities to 5,30,813. According to the most recent information provided by the Union Health Ministry, the deaths were reported from Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and one fatality was recorded by Kerala.

Due to a slight increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, the Kerala government has issued an alert to all districts in the interim. 

“There are a total of 1,026 active cases of COVID-19 and 111 people are under treatment in hospitals. All districts have been alerted,” the minister said.

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