Center wrote letter to 13 states, union territories, expressed concern over reduction in Kovid-19 test rate

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Citing the increase in corona virus cases in many countries, the Union Health Ministry has written to 13 states and union territories including West Bengal, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab on the reduction in the weekly test rate and increase in the infection rate in some districts. expressed concern.

In a letter to Nagaland, Sikkim, Maharashtra, Kerala, Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Ladakh, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has asked for the recent travel due to the wedding season, festivals and holidays. In view of the increase, emphasis was placed on maintaining the high test rate. Bhushan said in the letter that due to lack of testing, the actual infection rate spread in the community will not be known.

The official underlined that with the onset of winter and rising pollution in some states, people with severe respiratory symptoms should be closely monitored. Timely steps should be taken to identify large areas of infection. In the absence of adequate testing, it is very difficult to ascertain the actual level of infection spread in an area.

“Many countries have been witnessing an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in recent times and some developed countries are facing fourth and fifth wave despite high levels of immunization against COVID-19,” the letter said. Given the unpredictable and contagious nature of this disease, there is a need for constant vigilance.

“Therefore, all efforts should be implemented to maintain the gains achieved so far and prevent worsening of the COVID-19 scenario across the country,” the Union Health Secretary said. The advice has been given, however, in each letter, the investigation and infection rate has been mentioned in particular districts of the state.

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