NEW DELHI: Amid increasing
of Covid-19 cases, the government said a large number of cases detected were asymptomatic and did not require hospitalisation. Such cases could be in isolation and monitored and states did not need to be overawed by rising positive cases as long as they vigorously implemented testing, containment and tracking strategies.
The health ministry said the number of cases should be seen in tandem with the steady percentage decline in active cases and increased testing. “Neither the Union or state governments should be overawed by the number of positive people per day... we advise home isolation (for asymptomatic cases) under medical care and control, where on a daily basis health parameters are monitored physically or telephonically,”
health secretary Rajesh Bhushan
He reiterated that less than 1% of active cases were on ventilators, less than 3% on oxygen and less than 4% in ICU. He also said the ministry was preparing guidelines on treating complications that can afflict recovered
. “Our joint monitoring group is seized with this issue and will provide a guidance note soon,” the health secretary said.
Responding to questions on whether India was testing enough, he said states needed to look at the positivity rate. If it was 10% and higher, there was a need for more testing, he said, adding that India’s strategy evolved as the
spread and experts gained more knowledge on how to deal with it. He said the goal of 10 lakh tests a day was not an end in itself, as testing would vary in accordance with disease incidence.
of Covid-19 cases has improved to nearly 70% while the fatality rate is now a shade below 2%. India has conducted 2.5 crore tests, reaching the record of more than 7 lakh tests in a single day. It has conducted the most number of tests after the US, Russia and China.
On Tuesday, India’s total caseload reached 2,268,675 while the fatalities climbed to 45,257, according to the health ministry.
“With a consistent and sustained increase in recoveries, the gap between recovered patients and active Covid-19 cases has reached nearly 950,000. India’s test, track and treat strategy is showing the desired result — the gap between percentage of recoveries and percentage of active cases of Covid-19 is growing every day,” the health secretary said.