Increase RT-PCR tests, Centre directs states including Kerala
New Delhi: The Union ministry of health has directed the states including Kerala to increase the number of RT-PCR tests for controlling the COVID-19 infection and deaths. The ministry also asked the states to reduce the test positivity rate below 5 percent.
In India,79 percent of new cases are reported from 10 states. Kerala and West Bengal top the list with more than 4000 patients per day, informed the Centre.
Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal were also directed to increase the number of RT-PCR tests.
Though Kerala was a role model in COVID-19 prevention during the initial phase of the outbreak, positive cases are increasing every week at an alarming rate in the state.
The COVID review report of the union health ministry has pointed out that the test positivity rate increased though the number of tests reduced.
All states have been directed to intensify Information Education Communication (IEC) for creating awareness among the people. The ministry also advised installed oxygen providing plants in hospitals.
The union ministry also expressed concern over the high death rate, during the first 24 hours in hospital, in the states like Madhya Pradesh (26% of Covid deaths in first 24 hours), West Bengal (20% of Covid deaths in first 24 hours) and Rajasthan (25.6% of Covid deaths in first 24 hours).
In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, test positivity rate is recorded at 12 percent. All states including Uttar Pradesh should take immediate action to reduce the death rate, recommended the union health ministry.