Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 24
Amid a number of Covid-19 surges in varied nations, the Centre on Wednesday despatched out letters to 13 states and UTs together with Punjab, witnessing drastic reductions in common each day exams which can be important for figuring out the extent of an infection locally.
In a letter to Vikas Garg, Principal Secretary, Health, Punjab on Wednesday, Union well being secretary Rajesh Bhushan flagged a virtually three-fold fall within the common each day exams being performed by the state between May and November.
“Punjab has reported 24, 300 common each day exams as of week ending November 22. This is in stark distinction to a excessive of 71, 257 common each day exams performed by Punjab within the week between May 17 and 23,” the letter states.
The well being ministry advised the state that within the absence of sustained ranges of adequate testing, it is vitally tough to decide the true degree of an infection unfold in a geography.
“With the vast majority of nations seeing a number of surges in Covid instances in latest occasions and few nations going through even fourth and fifth waves regardless of excessive ranges of Covid vaccination, there’s a want for continued vigil given the unpredictable and contagious nature of the illness. It is subsequently essential that the state maintains excessive testing given the latest improve in travelling due to varied occasions akin to marriages, festivities, holidays having both not too long ago concluded or underway.
The Centre’s letter for want to elevate testing has additionally gone out to Kerala (the place common each day exams fell from 2.96 lakh in week ending August 15 to 56071 in week ending November 22), Maharashtra, Mizoram, Manipur, J&Ok, Goa, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Ladakh, West Bengal, Sikkim and Meghalaya.
The well being secretary additionally stated that though new instances have declined considerably at a nationwide degree, with 10, 195 common each day instances within the week ending November 22, “It has been noticed that there was a corresponding decline in weekly testing rates additionally”.