According to a statement from Rajesh Bhushan, secretary of the Ministry of Health, “the Covid-19 public health crisis still exists over the world with approximately 35 lakh cases recorded monthly.”
According to MyGov.in, India has been reporting a “gradual decrease” in Covid-19 cases, with the average number around 129 and a daily positivity rate of 0.01 percent as of December 22. According to PTI, there has been a “sudden spurt in cases” caused by “a new and highly transmissible BF.7 strain of the Omicron variant” in Japan, the United States of America, the Republic of Korea, Brazil, and China.
In a statement, the Ministry of Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that “the public health challenge of Covid-19 still persists around the world with around 35 lakh cases reported weekly”.
Furthermore, according to a PTI report, three cases of Omicron subvariant BF.7 have been detected in India so far. Various states have increased their vigilance after a Covid review meeting chaired by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya stated that, while there has been no overall increase in Covid caseload, there is a need for continued surveillance to keep track of existing and emerging variants. “COVID is not yet over. I have directed everyone involved to be on high alert and to increase surveillance. “We are ready to deal with any situation,” Union Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya said in a tweet.
At a high-level meeting today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to evaluate the situation.
World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said that “WHO is very concerned over the evolving situation in China”. However, he went on to inform that “since the peak at the end of January 2022, the number of weekly reported COVID-19 deaths has dropped almost 90 percent”.
To stay safe and keep your friends and family safe from Covid-19, experts recommend staying up to date on vaccinations, wearing masks indoors and outdoors, avoiding large festive gatherings, testing yourself, and isolating yourself while sick. “Remember that the Covid curve has still not flattened in the country. The pandemic remains a source of concern, and precautions must be taken. It is imperative that everyone gets vaccinated and receive a booster shot. Vaccination can lower hospitalization and mortality rates, according to Dr. Aniket Mule, consultant internal medicine at Wockhardt Hospitals in Mira Road.