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COVID-19 News: India’s COVID-19 Onslaught Is Not Peaking But Rather Increasing Exponentially. India’s PMO Held An Emergency Meeting In the Last Few Hours
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COVID-19 News: India’s COVID-19 Onslaught Is Not Peaking But Rather Increasing Exponentially. India’s PMO Held An Emergency Meeting In the Last Few Hours
COVID-19 News - India  Apr 20, 2023  2 months ago
COVID-19 News: While some ignorant and attention seeking COVID-19 ‘experts’ in India claimed that the COVID-19 situation was peaking in India, emerging real time data is showing that the COVID-19 situation in India is far from peaking with hospitalizations now increasing and healthcare staff now starting to feel the stress.


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It was reported in a high-level emergency meeting that was chaired by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister on Wednesday to assess the COVID-19 situation in the country, that the states of Kerala, Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Rajasthan were all experiencing high increases in COVID-19 cases and also hospitalizations.
 
The rising increase in positivity was also highlighted along with the status of tests being conducted in the country. A detailed analysis of active cases within these eight states was presented. It was highlighted that approximately 92 per cent of the cases are under home isolation.
 
According to COVID-19 News data shared by the India Federal Health Department, Delhi logged six deaths along with 1,757 new COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 28.63 per cent on Wednesday, the national capital recorded 1,537 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday with a positivity rate of 26.54 per cent. On Monday, Delhi recorded 1,017 fresh COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 32.25 per cent, the highest in more than 15 months.
 
Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 1,100 new coronavirus infections and four fatalities, the health department said in a bulletin. The state has 6,102 active cases now.
 
The PMO informed in a statement that the focus of the meeting was on the status of preparedness of health infrastructure and logistics, drugs, vaccination campaign in the country and the key necessary steps as a response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
 
According to a PMO statement, Dr PK Mishra, the Principal Secretary to the Indian Prime Minister stressed that the time tested 5-fold strategy of Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination and adherence COVID Appropriate Behaviour must continue to be implemented and equally crucial to promote awareness within the community regarding COVID appropriate behaviour and caution citizens against complacency.
 
Dr Rajesh Bhushan, the Secretary of Health and Family Welfare highlighted that India has been witnessing a rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases with the majority of cases being reported in eight states; Kerala, Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Rajasthan. Further, the sudden increase in positivity was also highlighted along with the status of tests being conducted in the country. A detailed analysis of active cases within these eight states was presented. It was highlighted that approximately 92 per cent of the cases are under home isolation.
 
Plans are also underway to set up more makeshift hospitals in some of these states to dale with the rising caseloads.
 
The presentation also provided an overview of the Genome Sequencing of different v ariants since January 2023 and noted the proportion of circulating variants in India. The status of vaccination was discussed, followed by drug availability and infrastructure preparedness across the country.
 
According to official data released by Indian health authorities who have a notoriety for downplaying and concealing COVID-19 data, there were only 10,542 new COVID-19 infections and 38 COVID-19 deaths in for Tueday. Some local physicians in the states of Kerala and Maharashtra are disputing the figures as they claim that COVID-19 death rates in each of their individual states on Tuesday alone exceeded those country wide figures!
 
Due to lack of test coupled with measures by various state governments to report lower COVID-19 data, the actual numbers in India could far much higher.
 
Sources close to the government told media that the current COVID-19 surge is being driven by the XBB.1.16 sub-lineage and is likely to subside after 10-12 days, claiming that India is moving towards the endemic stage.
 
However, some international experts warn that newer XBB sub-lineages that are emerging in the country including XBB.2.3, XBB.2.3.2, XBB.2.3.3, XBB.2.3.4, XBB.2.3.5, XBB.2.3.6 and also XBB.1.16.1, XBB.1.16.2 are not only more pathogenic but is also likely able to cause breakthrough infections in those who already got infected with the XBB.1.16 sub-lineage!
 
It will be interesting to monitor as things unfold in India in the coming weeks as it will be an indication of what the rest of the world can expect too.
 
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