New Delhi: The high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 at their 29th meeting here today, has reiterated the importance of COVID appropriate behavior and awareness building through sustained campaigns in battling the raging covid-19 pandemic in India.
At the meeting chaired by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Secretary (Health Records) and DG (ICMR) pointed out that the second wave of the pandemic had not abated as yet and over 80 districts in the country have a very high positivity rate.
Most of the active case in the country currently are concentrated in 6 states – Maharsshtra, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, West Bengal and Kerala, with Odisha and W Bengal recording covid growth rates higher than the national average.
While fatality figures are less than 10 per day in 19 states, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu continue to have over 100 deaths a day due to the virus.
During the meet, Dr Harsh Vardhan also presented a picture concerning ‘black fungus’ (Mucormycosis) cases in the country. So far a total of 40,845 cases were reported, of which 31,344 cases are rhino-cerebral.
A total of 3,129 had succumbed due to the fungus, which has a clear co-relation with covid-19 infection. Of the total number of cases, 85.5% had COVID, 64.11% had co-morbidity for diabetes, 52.69% were on steroids.