NEW DELHI: Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, chaired a meeting with states and Union territories last week to review the preparedness on management of Covid 19 pandemic in view of the upsurge in cases. Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog and Dr Rajiv Bahl, Secretary, Department of Health Research were also present at the meeting.
The secretary stressed on ramping up of testing facilities and genome sequencing of positive samples. Urging everyone to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour, he dwelt on the need to increase administration of precaution dose among people, especially for the vulnerable groups.
A presentation was made covering the global situation including the rising cases in India. States and UTs were briefed that India has been witnessing increase in Covidcases with average daily cases rising to 966 in the week ended 23 March from 313 average daily cases in the week ended 3 March.