Cabinet Secretary Reviews the COVID Status with all States/UTs. Emphasised that Vaccination is one of the 5 tools to contain the Surge

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare via PIB India:

Cabinet Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba chaired a high-level review meeting with Chief Secretaries, DG Police and Health Secretaries of all States/UTs, with focus on 11 States/UTs that have been reporting very high rise in daily cases and daily mortality because of COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

Taking note of the present situation due to the continuous deterioration of the COVID scenario over the fortnight, the Cabinet Secretary pointed out that the current COVID case growth rate of 6.8% in March 2021 has surpassed the previous record of 5.5% (June 2020).

The country also reported 5.5% growth rate in daily COVID deaths in this period.

While the country was reporting about 97,000 daily new COVID cases at the peak of the pandemic in September 2020, the country has now reached the critical figure 81,000 daily new cases of COVID.

Through a detailed and comprehensive presentation, the Union Health Secretary highlighted the current trajectory of COVID in the States/UTs while Union Secretary (I&B) showcased ways of effective Behavioural Change Communication to instill COVID Appropriate Behaviour among the populace.

Dr V. K. Paul emphasized on need for States to follow a protocol for sharing clinical and epidemiological data for more detailed study of mutant strain of virus for genome sequencing.

The Union Home Secretary pointed out that the 11 States and UTs that are showing a surge in daily COVID cases have not shown commensurate increase in enforcement of containment activities.

He urged the Chief Secretaries and DGs (Police) of the States/UTs for taking appropriate strict action in this regard.

11 States/UTs were categorised as “States of grave concern” on account of their high and rising daily case and higher daily deaths.

These have contributed 90% of COVID cases (as on 31st March) and 90.5% of deaths (as on 31st March) in last 14 days, and have crossed/or close to crossing their early reported peaks during last year.

It was pointed out the situation was particularly worrying in Maharashtra.

Another worrisome aspect pointed out was that Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities along with peri-urban areas have recorded the recent high ruses in COVID cases; the spread of infection from these areas to the rural areas with weak health infrastructure would overwhelm the local administration was also highlighted.

After detailed and comprehensive review of the measures taken by the States/UTs, the Cabinet Secretary reiterated the necessity of meticulous and hard work regarding stringent enforcement of containment and surveillance measures, in conjunction with ramping up vaccination and strict enforcement of COVID Appropriate Behaviour.

The Cabinet Secretary exhorted the Chief Secretaries to galvanize the state administration and to use all resources at their disposal to tackle the recent surge of COVID cases. The need to expand the efforts to departments other than the Health Department through a “Whole of Government” approach was re-stressed at the meeting today. It was emphasised that the Centre continues to provide all resources and support to all States and UTs for public health measures and clinical management for fighting COVID19.

India has flattened its COVID19 graph- 146 districts have no new cases since last 7 days : Dr Harsh Vardhan

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare chaired the 23rd meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 by a video-conference, here today. 

Dr. Harsh Vardhan began the meeting by reminding everyone that the Group of Ministers constituted for management of COVID has been operational now for over a year: “The first case was reported on 30th January last year, and the first meeting of the GOM constituted for COVID19 met on 3rd February 2020. With the ‘Whole of Government’ and ‘Whole-of-society’ approach envisaged by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, India has successfully contained the pandemic. Less than 12,000 cases were reported in the last 24 hours and the Active Caseload has reduced to just 1.73 lakhs.”

Detailing the achievements, he continued, “146 districts have no new cases since last 7 days, 18 districts since the last 14 days, 6 districts since 21 days and 21 districts since the last 28 days.

This has been achieved with pro-active testing of which more than 19.5 crore have been conducted so far. The current testing capacity rests at 12 lakhs per day.”

He added that out of the total active cases, a meagre 0.46% are on ventilators, 2.20% are in ICU and just 3.02% are on oxygen support. Dr Harsh Vardhan stated that 165 cases of UK Variant have been reported so far. They are kept under supervised quarantine and surveillance.

The Union Health Minister proudly mentioned that India has supported other countries with supply of the COVID19 vaccine during such global public health crisis, and trained the personnel of several countries in vaccine administration. “By being a “mitra” to the global community, India has earned global trust by supplying indigenously made vaccines at this crucial hour”, Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

India’s first indigenous mRNA vaccine candidate has received approval from Indian Drug regulators for human clinical trial

Ministry of Science & Technology via PIB India:

India’s first indigenous mRNA vaccine candidate has received approval from Indian Drug regulators to initiate Phase I/II human clinical trial.

The novel mRNA vaccine candidate, HGCO19 has been developed by Gennova, Pune and supported with seed grant under the Ind-CEPI mission of Department of Biotechnology of Ministry of Science & Technology.

The mRNA vaccines do not use the conventional model to produce immune response. Instead, mRNA vaccine carries the molecular instructions to make the protein in the body through a synthetic RNA of the virus.

The host body uses this to produce the viral protein that is recognized and thereby making the body mount an immune response against the disease.

mRNA-based vaccines are scientifically the ideal choice to address a pandemic because of their rapid developmental timeline.

The mRNA vaccine is considered safe as is non-infectious, non-integrating in nature, and degraded by standard cellular mechanisms.

They are expected to be highly efficacious because of their inherent capability of being translatable into the protein structure inside the cell cytoplasm.

Additionally, mRNA vaccines are fully synthetic and do not require a host for growth, e.g., eggs or bacteria.

Therefore, they can be quickly manufactured in an inexpensive manner under cGMP conditions to ensure their “availability” and “accessibility” for mass vaccination on a sustainable basis.

Ordered extension of night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am till 1st January: Capt Amarinder Singh

Capt Amarinder Singh – Chief Minister, Punjab:

Had a detailed review of Covid19 with State Officials.

Ordered extension of night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am till 1st January and restriction on gatherings, which should not exceed 100 indoor & 250 outdoor.

Have directed DGP Punjab Police for strict enforcement.

The Industry now needs to start pushing growth agendas vigorously : Dr. Sangita Reddy

President, FICCI :

India’s strategy of dealing with COVID19 has paid off & we are witnessing the initial green shoots of Eco recovery enabling us to emerging stronger.

The recent  monetary policy assures by GOI will keep the Eco afloat.

The Industry now needs to start pushing growth agendas vigorously.

Recovered Cases are nearly 4 times the number of Active Cases: Dr Harsh Vardhan

Dr Harsh Vardhan – Union Health Minister:

The gap between Recovered & Active cases has crossed 29 lakh today

Recovered Cases are nearly 4 times (3.96) the number of Active Cases

Maharashtra, Karnataka, AP, UP, TN compose close to 60% of the Active Cases

90,123 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in the country.

70% of the Total Active Cases are found in nine most affected States/UTs.

Starting September 15 our team will visit every house in the state, at least twice, to keep a check on people’s health: Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s address to the state today:

When the first Coronavirus case was found in the state, we had around 7,700 beds in total. But over the last 4-5 months, we have worked hard and increased the facilities to 3,60,000 beds

Shiv Bhojan thali was earlier priced at ₹10, but we have now reduced it to ₹5. More than 1.75 crore plates have been distributed

High levels of Personal and Public Hygiene, Online Shopping, Video Conferencing for meetings will help us beat the virus more effectively


Namaskar. At the outset, I would like to thank all citizens of Maharashtra for showing remarkable restraint in the last few months while celebrating religious and cultural events. My heartfelt thanks to all communities and groups.

Starting September 15, I will be running a campaign in the state. I appeal to everyone who loves this land, considers its own, regardless of the caste, creed, party, and any form of politics, to participate and show their support to this campaign.

The campaign will be called “Majhe Kutumb, Majhi Jababdari” and this is because Maharashtra is my family and it is my responsibility to keep the state safe. Similarly, it is the responsibility of every citizen, to keep their land and people safe.

The campaign may seem difficult, but it is not impossible to achieve. Maharashtra has a population of about 12 crore and it might seem impossible to check everyone. But our team will visit every house in the state, at least twice next month, to keep a check on people’s health.

The Majhe Kutumb, Majhi Jababdari initiative means that healthcare workers will monitor all households in the state but citizens should not get complacent about precautionary measures against the coronavirus.

Many countries have lifted the lockdown and framed stricter laws, by imposing penalties, closure or an inquiry. Does this need to be done by law? Can’t we fulfill our responsibility? We all are aware of the threat Coronavirus poses and we are also aware of the ways to tackle it.

Maintaining high levels of personal and public hygiene, and steps like online shopping and choosing video conferencing for meetings will help us beat the virus more effectively.

I am pleased to announce that over 29.5 lakh farmers have benefited from loan waivers. We are giving free milk powder to over 6.5 lakh malnourished children and 1.25 lakh pregnant women and nursing mothers from the tribal communities.

We’ve resumed the Khawti grant scheme once again for tribal communities. Shiv Bhojan thali was earlier priced at ₹10, but we have now reduced it to ₹5. More than 1.75 crore plates have been distributed and this service will continue to benefit many more.

When the first Coronavirus case was found in the state, we had around 7,700 beds in total. But over the last 4-5 months, we have worked hard and increased the facilities to 3,60,000 beds, adequate supply of oxygen, ICU units, and ventilator beds.

We have been battling crises on all fronts effectively. Relief worth ₹18 crore has reached those affected by by the floods in East Vidarbha. I want to assure we will help everyone affected in this region, just as those in Kolhapur and Sangli were assisted.

The government has not left any stone unturned. Funds worth ₹700 crore were used to help the citizens during the Nisarga Cyclone, and the relief work is ongoing.

We are starting the ‘Vikel Te Pikel’ initiative for farmers to ensure that crops with better market price are grown to benefit them better. Getting farmers organised and ensuring that they receive not just minimum support price, but an ‘assured’ price for their crop is important.

I urge everyone again to cooperate with healthcare workers who visit your household to monitor the spread of the virus. I am sure you will continue to follow government instructions for battling the coronavirus, & that we will emerge victorious soon.

Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra!

In the past five months, more than 3/4 of COVID cases have recovered and less than 1/4 is active now : Health Ministry

Source : PIB

In pursuance of the Centre’s strategic and graded TEST, TRACK and TREAT approach, India is registering continuous progress on the recovery front and reduction in the fatality rate.  In the past five months, more than 3/4 of COVID-19 cases have recovered and less than 1/4 is active now.

With more patients recovering and being discharged from home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases) and hospitals (severe and critical cases), India’s COVID-19 recoveries is nearing 26 lakh. 60,177 have recovered in the last 24 hours. With these national figures, the Recovery Rate amongst the COVID-19 has touched 76.28%.

The number of recoveries is nearly 3.5 times the active cases, which comprise 21.90% of the total cases. Higher number of recoveries has led to a constantly growing difference between recoveries and active cases. Crossing 18 lakhs, the difference stands at 18, 41,925 today.

Effective treatment of the positive cases has resulted in a progressively dipping Case Fatality Rate, which is pegged at 1.82% today.

Flattening the COVID-19 curve should be a priority. There would be enough time for politics later : N Chandrababu Naidu

N Chandrababu Naidu – Former CM, Andhra Pradesh:

Flattening the COVID-19 curve should be a priority. There would be enough time for politics later

Real decentralized development, a reality of the past, is now a false propaganda.

Our cities have fallen in cleanliness rankings & the state reels under COVID-19. The only thing YS Jagan has decentralized so far is the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

I urge the Chief Minister to stop hiding his failures behind a curtain of lies, and to focus on effective measures to control the unchecked spread of COVID-19 in Andhra Pradesh.

PM Modi: Experts believe that if we identify cases in the first 72 hours, the contamination slows down considerably

Experts believe that if we identify cases in the first 72 hours, the contamination slows down considerably.

We must work on 100% contact tracing, testing and isolation within 72 hours of every positive case while also taking all precautions.

Prime minister narendra modi

Capt. Amarinder Singh : ‘When we fight together we don’t get battle fatigue’

Capr. Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister :

  • Back in my Army days, I had learnt a very important lesson that when we fight together we don’t get battle fatigue.
  • I urge all Punjabis to come together against Covid19 for it’s a long fight and we’ll need to inspire one another and, importantly, keep up our morale.

A special ward has been arranged for pregnant & lactating mothers: Tripura CM

  • Seeing the number of pregnant & lactating mothers who are COVID19 POSITIVE, a special ward has been arranged in war footing at AGMC and shifted all pregnant & lactating mothers.
  • We are providing special food packets to pregnant & lactating mothers at AGMC Covid Ward.

Assam achieves an incredible feat of a million COVID19 tests!

Assam achieves an incredible feat of a million COVID19 tests!
Setting up 1st lab in Feb, which grew to 17 rapidly, our teams have done extraordinary work in reaching the 10 lakh mark in a little over 8 weeks.
The last 1 lakh came in just 3 days. Remarkable!

Himanta Biswa sarma – minister, govt. of assam

Pic Courtsey: Himanta Biswa

Launched ‘Arogya Hasta’ : DK Shivakumar

DK Shivakumar – President, Karnataka Congress:

  • Launched ‘Arogya Hasta’ –
  • a unique medical outreach program by Karnataka Congress
  • where Congress Corona Warriors in every ward and panchayat across Karnataka,
  • will wear PPE gear and visit people’s homes to do a basic COVID check-up and
  • create awareness on how to prevent its spread.

We will install mask vending machines at vantage points: Amarinder Singh

  • We will install mask vending machines at vantage points such as bus stands, etc.
  • Also, we will set up two more Plasma Banks in Government Medical Colleges of Faridkot & Amritsar.
  • It’s a long battle against Covid19 and we are committed to being fully equipped in this fight.