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Ministry of Health writes to THESE states as COVID-19 caseload rises in India


As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in India, the Ministry of Health has written to several states urging them to adopt a five-pronged strategy. India reported more than 700 cases on Thursday after a hiatus of more than four months.

The Health Ministry wrote letters to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka on Thursday, noting that certain parts of the country had seen an increase in cases.

“There are a few states reporting higher numbers of cases indicating possible local spread of infection,” Health Minister Rajesh Bhushan wrote.

He advised these states to examine the COVID-19 situation at the micro level and to keep the focus on implementing the necessary measures for the rapid and effective management of the disease.

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“In recent weeks, a rise in cases has been noted specifically in certain parts of the country, with a total of 2,082 cases reported in the week ending March 8, 2023, rising to 3,264 cases in the week ending on March 15,” the statement said. letter said.

With this, the active caseload has now increased to 4,623. On Thursday, a total of 754 new cases of the coronavirus were reported in a 24-hour period. Incidentally, as of November 12 last year, the country had registered 734 cases.

Joanna Swanson

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