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Covid BF7 variant: Authorities are taking action to address the Covid situation in India

On Thursday, Union Health Minister Mandaviya spoke spontaneously in the Rajya Sabha about India’s preparedness, saying the administration is constantly keeping an eye on the situation. States are evaluating their level of preparedness after going into alert mode.

India’s Covid BF7 variant ACTUAL Updates: Following an unprecedented increase in Covid’s new variant BF7 in China, the centre and states sprang into action. Fear of a new Covid wave in India was sparked by the entry of the BF7 variant.

The Center advised people not to panic but to exercise caution instead. In the meantime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged attendees of a high-level meeting on COVID-19 on Thursday to wear masks in crowded public spaces, asked officials to increase testing and genome sequencing, and urged people to take “Precaution (booster) dose” in particular for vulnerable and elderly groups.

The average daily cases in India have decreased steadily, to 153, and the weekly positivity rate has decreased to 0.14 percent in the week ending December 22, 2022, according to information provided to the Prime Minister. However, according to the PMO, 5.9 lakh cases on average per day have been reported globally over the past six weeks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges strict vigilance and warns against complacency.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a warning against slackness, demanded stern vigilance, and ordered that the ongoing security measures, particularly at international airports, be strengthened. At a high-level Covid review meeting, Modi reaffirmed that Covid was still ongoing and urged attendees to wear masks when in crowded areas.

Due to the increase in cases, Mansukh Mandaviya will meet with state health ministers today.On December 23, Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Health Minister, will meet with the health ministers of the states and union territories to discuss the increase in COVID-19 cases in some regions of the world.

According to data, Delhi recorded 10 COVID-19 cases with an increased positivity rate of 0. 41% and one fatality on Thursday.

According to data released by the Health Department, Delhi recorded 10 COVID-19 cases with an increased positivity rate of 0. 41% and one fatality on Thursday. On Wednesday, Delhi reported five cases with a positivity rate of 0.19 percent and one fatality. With the additional cases, the number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital has increased to 2,007,112, while the death toll has increased to 26,521. The previous day, 2,421 tests were completed. In hospitals with a focus on COVID-19, 15 beds are occupied, and 18 patients are receiving isolation at home.

Not to worry, we’re ready to handle the situation if Covid spreads once more: The new Omicron sub-variant BF. 7 of the coronavirus, which is increasing the number of cases in many nations, have not yet been found in Delhi, according to Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who added that his government is fully prepared to handle any situation.

Speaking at a press conference, Kejriwal said that XBB, which has so far been found in 92% of samples, is the dominant sub-variant in Delhi. In response to an increase in cases across many nations, Kejriwal called a meeting at his home to discuss the Covid situation.

The chief minister also gave orders to increase hospital staffing and precaution dose coverage, send all positive cases for genome sequencing, and hold the meeting. He instructed officials to obtain prior approval before purchasing any necessary items and to check all hospital machines.

Tejashwi Yadav, the deputy chief minister of Bihar, stated on Thursday that the state government is completely equipped to handle an increase in COVID-19 cases. Yadav, who is in charge of the health portfolio, briefed civil surgeons, directors of medical colleges, and health officials on the COVID situation in the state and asked them to prepare for an outbreak of the new coronavirus variant.

Hospitals are completely ready, and testing and vaccination are proceeding as planned. The medical facilities have a sufficient supply of oxygen and medical supplies. The health minister stated that additional precautions must be taken by individuals to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Maha will test international travellers; masks are not required but highly recommended: Department of Health
As a result of the discovery of the BF. 7 sub-variant of Omicron, which is thought to be responsible for the most recent spike in infections in the neighbouring Chinese province, the Maharashtra health department announced on Thursday night that 2% of all international travellers arriving at the state’s airports will be randomly tested.

This announcement comes amid concerns about a potential increase in COVID-19 cases. The health department said in a statement that although the state has not mandated mask use, it has advised seniors and high-risk groups, including those with comorbidities (having pre-existing illnesses), to do so.

Although COVID-19 is not a cause for concern, it is important to be vigilant: Telangana’s Minister of Health
“Although COVID-19 is not a threat, it is still important to be vigilant. Everyone is urged to practice good personal hygiene, and those who have not yet received the COVID vaccine are advised to do so right away “said Harish Rao, Minister of Health for Telangana.

Amid a new Covid scare, the IMA advises citizens to stay away from public events and international travel.

In light of an increase in Covid cases in some countries, the Indian Medical Association on Thursday advised citizens to stay away from public gatherings like weddings, political or social gatherings, as well as international travel.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) also urged people to follow COVID-19-appropriate behaviour, including wearing masks in public and upholding social-distancing norms, in an advisory, in order to “overcome the impending Covid outbreak.”

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