Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya directs officials to focus on Surveillance & Genome Sequencing, and to Monitor Hospitalisation at a High Level Meeting to review status of COVID-19

Ministry of Health:

Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare today chaired a meeting with the key experts and officials in view of an upsurge of COVID-19 cases in some states.

Dr Bharati Praveen Pawar, MOS (HFW) and Dr. V K Paul, Member, NITI Aayog were also present during the meeting.

Shri Lav Agarwal, JS (MoHFW) made a detailed presentation on global scenario of surge in COVID cases and status of COVID in the country.

This included presentation and analysis of trend of covid-19 cases; daily & active cases, positivity and deaths; testing status along with state-wise weekly tests per million, RT-PCR share in weekly tests; genome sequencing; and vaccination status.

Union Health Minister stressed on the need to focus on districts reporting high case positivity & undertake adequate testing (with higher proportion of RTPCR) & effective Covid-19 surveillance to assess and control the spread of infection in a timely manner.

Dr. Mandaviya directed the officials to continue to focus on surveillance and on Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to scan for any possible mutation. He also directed for monitoring hospitalizations due to COVID19, and SARI/ILI cases.

He exhorted to increase pace of vaccination including booster doses in districts reporting high cases. “As there is adequate vaccine doses available, let there be no vaccine wastage while focusing on accelerating vaccination among the eligible and vulnerable groups”, he directed.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Ajay K Sood, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Govt, Dr Rajesh Gokhale, Secretary, DBT; Dr Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR; Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, AYUSH; Dr Manohar Agnani, AS & MD, Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS; Dr. N K Arora, Head of COVID Task Group, NTAGI, Dr Sujeet Singh, Director, NCDC, and other senior officials of the Health Ministry were present in the meeting.

COVID numbers dip sharply to 17k in Bengaluru today: Dr Sudhakar – Health Minister

Dr Sudhakar – Health Minister, Karnataka:

COVID numbers dip sharply to 17k in Bengaluru today:

New cases in State: 42,470
New cases in B’lore: 17,266
Positivity rate in State: 19.33%
Discharges: 35,140
Active cases State: 3,30,447 (B’lore- 218k)
Deaths:26 (B’lore- 06)
Tests: 2,19,699

We are 0.1 % away from becoming the FIRST large state in the country to achieve 100% first dose coverage! : Dr Sudhakar – Health Minister, Karnataka

Dr Sudhakar – Health Minister, Karnataka:

99.9% % and counting!

We are 0.1 % away from becoming the FIRST large state (> 4 cr adult population) in the country to achieve 100% first dose coverage!

Daily new cases in Bengaluru cross 30k today:

New cases in State: 47,754
New cases in B’lore: 30,540
Positivity rate in State: 18.48%
Discharges: 22,143
Active cases State: 2,93,231 (B’lore- 200k)
Deaths:29 (B’lore – 08)
Tests: 2,58,290

Test positivity rates in Bengaluru touched 27% today. Hospitalisation rates are low: Dr Sudhakar – Health Minister

Dr Sudhakar – Health Minister, Karnataka:

With 25,595 daily new cases today, Bengaluru surpassed the highest cases recorded in a day during second wave.

Hospitalisation rates are low.
Test positivity rates in the City touched 27% today.

New cases in State: 41,457

New cases in B’lore: 25,595

Positivity rate in State: 22.30%

Discharges: 8,353

Active cases State: 2,50,381 (B’lore- 178k)

Deaths:20 (B’lore- 07)

Tests: 1,85,872

Imagine the effort! .. : Amit Malviya – BJP leader

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Amit Malviya – National In-charge of BJP’s IT Dept.:

  • 156 crore plus doses administered

  • 99 crore in rural India

  • 76 crore to women

  • 70% of eligible population fully vaccinated

  • 11 crore beneficiaries in Tribal districts

  • 3 crore children administered first dose since the program was initiated

  • Imagine the effort!

Case load of Bengaluru, which accounted for about 75% of the case load of the State for the last two weeks, falls below 68% as cases in districts rise: Dr Sudhakar – Health Minister

Case load of Bengaluru, which accounted for about 75% of the case load of the State for the last two weeks, falls below 68% as cases in districts rise.


Test positivity rate rises to 15% in the State as cases near 33k:

New cases in State: 32,793

New cases in B’lore: 22,284

Positivity rate in State: 15%

Discharges: 4,273

Active cases State: 1,69,850 (B’lore- 129k)

Deaths:07 (B’lore- 05)

Tests: 2,18,479

Dr Sudhakar – Health Minister

In the fight against COVID, we have nearly 2 years of experience. We must ensure that financial activities aren’t affected & we must keep up our growth. To ensure the same, we must focus on local containment: PM Narendra Modi

BJP Live:

PM Narendra Modi’s remarks at interaction with Chief Ministers on COVID-19 situation.

The sense of doubt about Omicron is slowly getting cleared. In a country like USA, nearly 14 lakh new cases came about in one day. Our scientists and health experts are keeping an eye on all situations.

We must stay alert, but we must also take full care that a situation of panic isn’t created. We must see that the alertness of people and administration should not dip during this festive season.

Experts say that irrespective of the variant, the best equipment to fight it is the vaccine. India has given the first dose to over 92% of its eligible population. Nearly 70% eligible people have got their second doses as well.

India has already vaccinated nearly 3 crore 15-18 year old children as well.

The quicker we give precaution doses to frontline doses and senior citizens, the more secure our healthcare system will get. We need to further increase the speed of ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ programme.

In the fight against COVID,we have nearly 2 years of experience. We must ensure that financial activities aren’t affected & we must keep up our growth. To ensure the same, we must focus on local containment. We must increase testing in the areas from where more cases are emerging

Nearly 1.5 lakh oxygen ICU and HDU beds are being prepared. We’ve added over 5,000 ambulances and over 950 LMO storage tanks in capacity. Several such steps have been taken to improve such emergency infrastructure and we must continue doing the same.

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We can collectively ensure that 2022 is the year when the curtains are finally brought down on the COVID19 pandemic: Amitabh Kant – CEO, NITI Aayog

We can collectively ensure that 2022 is the year when the curtains are finally brought down on the COVID19 pandemic and societies are back on the track of prosperity.

Follow the preventive measures to fastrack this change.

Amitabh kant – CEO, NITI AAYOG

Centre advises States and UTs to not let their guard down in view of the new ‘Omicron’ variant

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare :

The Centre has advised States and UTs to not let their guard down and maintain their preparedness for fighting COVID19 (and its variants) in view of the new variant Omicron (designated as a Variant of Concern by WHO on 26th November 2021). 

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan reviewed the public health preparedness of the States for fighting COVID19 and the Omicron variant along with progress of vaccination with Health Secretaries and NHM MDs of States and UTs, through video conference (VC) today.

He highlighted the trajectory of COVID and brought attention to temerging evidence on the Omicron variant of COVID-19 driving the growing number of cases worldwide.

  • States advised to be vigilant and Monitor Case Positivity, Doubling Rate, Clusters of New Cases across Districts.
  • “Observe all precautions; don’t let your guard down”
  • Local/District Administration responsible for prompt initiation of Evidence-based Actions for COVID Control & Management.
  • States to consider Local Curbs/Restrictions ahead of upcoming festive season.
  • Existing National Clinical Management Protocol remains unchanged for Omicron.
  • “Full Vaccination protects against Severe Illness and Hospitalization including Omicron; Door-to-door Vaccination to be strengthened”

Testing ramped up in Karnataka to over a lakh/day: Dr Sudhakar – Health Minister

Dr Sudhakar – Health Minister, Karnataka:

Testing ramped up in Karnataka to over a lakh/day:

New cases in State: 456

New cases in B’lore: 256

Positivity rate: 0.41%

Discharges: 330 (B’lore- 214)

Deaths: 06 (B’lore- 02)

Active cases in State: 7,132

Active cases in B’lore: 5,136

Tests: 1,10,556

6 COVID19 positive cases reported after screening 3476 passengers from 11 international flights from “at risk” countries: Min. of Health

Ministry of Health:

On the first day of operation of the Guidelines for International Travelers issued by the Centre as public health response measures for control and management of the new reported variant of COVID-19, which has been designated as a Variant of Concern (VOC) by WHO, six  passengers were reported to be COVID positive.

Total of 11 international flights landed at various airports of the country except Lucknow, from midnight to 4 pm today, from “at risk” countries. These carried 3476 passengers.

All 3476 passengers were administered RT PCR Tests, wherein only 06 passengers were found COVID19 positive.

The samples of the COVID19 positive passengers have been sent to INSACOG labs for Whole Genomic Sequencing. Government of India continues to keep track of the evolving situation, and supporting States/UTs in the fight against the pandemic through “whole of Government” approach.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray held a review meeting with all the Divisional Commissioners and District Collectors regarding the new COVID variant situation: CMO

CMO Maharashtra:

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray held a review meeting with all the Divisional Commissioners and District Collectors of the state regarding the new COVID variant situation and gave the following directions:

Ensure proactive implementation of preventive measures.

Strict adherence to COVID protocols to avoid another lockdown.

Keep a tab on screenings of all passengers arriving at various airports across the state.

PM briefed about the new Variant of Concern ‘Omicron’ along with its characteristics, impact in various countries & implications for India: PMO