With the surge in corona cases, the Centre has asked 5 States which include – Maharashtra, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Punjab to implement strategies to control the increase in cases. As per the sources, the Centre may ask the J&K Administration about the same as the cases in Kashmir are increasing.
Maharashtra, which has the highest increases in the number of corona cases has already announced restrictions, and the State Government will decide in 8-15 days about another complete lockdown. Till now only a few districts from where the cases were increasing are under lockdown. CM Uddhav Thackeray has already warned the people that if they fail to follow proper guidelines then they will surely witness another lockdown.
According to the government, the sources Center would be rushing mobile RT-PCR facilities in Kerala in the view of increasing corona cases.
In J&K, around 142 cases have been reported in the last 7 days in Srinagar only. Out of the total cases, 22 people were having a travel history. So the J&K administration has decided that all the people coming to Srinagar Airport will have to undergo the Corona test. Also, the Administration will be keeping a strict watch over all the vehicles coming from outside.
Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have received instructions to bring cases under control. Sources said they were erring on the side of caution in the case of the two states.
The major concern in Punjab was its deaths. The Punjab Government has failed in controlling the rise of corona cases. Also, the testing and contacting process in Punjab are not seeing any increase in its pace.
The Centre has advised all these States to work on five major areas. These are:
1. Improve the overall testing numbers by focusing on increasing the proportion of RT-PCR tests.
2. All negative Rapid Antigen Test results to be mandatorily followed by RT-PCR test and no such negative persons are to be missed.
3. Refocus on strict and comprehensive surveillance as well as stringent containment in selected districts.
4. Regular monitoring of the mutant strains through testing followed by Genome Sequencing, as well as monitoring of the emerging cluster of cases.
5. Focusing on clinical management in districts reporting higher deaths.