As Covid-19 cases surge, health ministry asks states to follow 5-fold strategy

Mar 23, 2023 03:03 PM IST

The ministry of health and family welfare has advised all the states to continue focusing on the 5-fold strategy of test-track-treat-vaccination to fight Covid-19.

As India recorded a rise in daily coronavirus Covid-19 cases, ministry of health, and family welfare Thursday advised all the states, and Union territories to effectively implement a five-fold strategy of "test, track, treat, follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and vaccinate" to check the spread. "We will do another mock drill to see the Covid-19 preparations. Mock drills will be done soon in all the states/UTs, "read a government statement.

 The total tally of Covid-19 cases has now reached to 4.46 crore (4,46,99, 418).
The total tally of Covid-19 cases has now reached to 4.46 crore (4,46,99, 418).

The ministry has also asked the states to ensure the availability of required drugs and logistics for Influenza and Covid -19 across health facilities. Apart from this, states have been asked to ensure the availability of sufficient designated beds and health workers.

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This came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's high-level meeting on Covid-19 and influenza to review the country’s response and preparedness to deal with a rising number of cases of influenza and a slight increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.

PM Modi stressed on the need to follow Covid-appropriate behavior and maintain respiratory hygiene. He also emphasized the need for lab surveillance, genome testing, and testing of all Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) cases.

India on Thursday recorded a single-day rise of 1,300 new Covid cases, the highest in 140 days, while the active cases have increased to 7,605. The total tally of Covid-19 cases has now reached to 4.46 crore (4,46,99, 418). The death toll inched to 5,30,816 with three deaths, one each being reported by Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra, the health ministry data revealed.


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    Kanishka is a journalist at Hindustan Times’ news desk. When not in newsroom, you will find her on streets of Delhi exploring food cafes or capturing world through her lens.

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