Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday cautioned that the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) COVID-19 first sero-survey should not create a sense of complacency in people with regard to the virus.
Speaking in his social media interaction Sunday Samvaad-3, Mr. Vardhan said indications from the up-coming second sero survey “are that India is far from having achieved any kind of herd immunity which necessitates that all of us should continue following COVID appropriate behaviour.”
Here are the latest updates:
11.30 am | Goa
Goa DGP tests positive
Goa’s Director General of Police Mukesh Kumar Meena on Monday tested positive for coronavirus infection, a senior Health department official said.
Mr. Meena is admitted to a private hospital and his condition is stable, he said. “His test report came positive on Monday morning. He has mild symptoms,” the official said.
Till Sunday, Goa reported 31,958 COVID-19 cases and 401 deaths due to the disease.
11.00 am | New Delhi
COVID-19 tally crosses 60 lakh; 1,039 more deaths
India’s COVID-19 tally galloped past 60 lakh on Monday with 82,170 new cases, while the recoveries have surged to 50.17 lakh with 74,893 more people having recuperated, the Health Ministry said.
The death toll from the pathogen climbed to 95,542 with 1,039 more deaths. There are 9,62,640 active cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, comprising 15.85 per cent of the total caseload, according to the ministry data.
The total coronavirus cases mounted to 60,74,702, while 50,16,520 people have recuperated from the virus, taking the recovery rate to 82.58%. The case fatality rate declined to 1.57%, it said.
10.30 am | Kerala
Kerala’s curve unchanged with 7,445 more cases
Kerala’s COVID-19 case graph pointed north on Sunday, with 7,445 new cases. The State tested 54,493 samples. The test positivity rate jumped from 11.9% to 13.6%.
The number of critically ill patients in ICUs was 380, with 92 of them on ventilator support.
The Health department added 21 more deaths. Thiruvananthapuram accounted for six deaths, Kozhikode four, two each from Kannur, Palakkad, Ernakulam and one each from Kollam, Alapuzha, Kottayam, Thrissur and Kasaragod.
On Sunday, 95% new cases were locally acquired infections, with the source unknown in 561 cases. This included infections among 97 healthcare workers, 19 of them in Thiruvananthapuram and 17 in Kannur.
10.00 am | Karnataka
Private hospitals say they need both ventilators and manpower
The State government recently announced that it will let out ventilators to private medical establishments for government-referred patients. However, private hospitals now say they do not have the manpower to handle the additional equipment.
Sources said that of the 2,050 ventilators the State received from the Centre, nearly 300 will be rented out to private hospitals.
While welcoming the move, heads of private hospitals now say they are facing an acute shortage of manpower. “We need a 1:1 nurse patient ratio in ICUs. At any given point of time over 15% of our nursing staff are infected and are either under quarantine or treatment. With the existing staff, we are barely managing,” said R. Ravindra, president, Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA). The association will discuss the issue with the government. “We are glad that government has responded to our request for ventilators made in June. But the manpower shortage has further worsened now and it would be great if the government provides us trained nurses for the ICUs,” Dr. Ravindra said.
9.30 am | Maharashtra
Maharashtra’s total case tally inches towards 13.50 lakh
Maharashtra reported 18,056 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday to take the State’s total tally to 13,39,232 of whom 2,73,228 are active ones. With 380 more deaths, the death toll has climbed to 35,571. As many as 13,565 patients were discharged, taking the cumulative recoveries to 10,30,015.
“Of a total 65,65,649 laboratory samples tested thus far, 13,39,232 (20.40%) have returned positive with more than 90,000 samples across the State being tested in the last 24 hours. The State’s recovery rate has risen to 76.91%,” State Surveillance Officer Dr. Pradeep Awate said, adding that the State’s case fatality rate was currently 2.66%.
Mumbai reported 2,163 cases to take its total tally to 1,98,846 of whom 26,716 are active. As many as 44 fatalities saw the city’s death toll rise to 8,794.
9.00 am | Kerala
Health Minister hints at lockdown in Kerala
Kerala is trying its best to prevent another lockdown, however, if COVID-19 transmission continues to surge as has been happening in the past few days, the State may not have other options, Health Minister K.K. Shylaja said on Sunday.
Addressing the media here, Ms. Shylaja said the State was facing crucial days ahead as far as the COVID-19 situation was concerned and that the State would have to pay a heavy price if people continued to let go of all vigil against the disease.
The State had managed to keep disease transmission down all these months. However, after people let go of all vigil during the Onam season, followed by the violent political protests on the streets, the test positivity had gone up to 12% now. If people maintained more vigil and observed all COVID-19 safety protocols strictly in the coming days, disease transmission could be held down, she said.