Covid-19 surge in China and other countries: Union health minister chairs high-level meeting

With the new surge of Covid-19 Cases have been reported in several countries, including China, which set off an alarm bell for India. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting with senior members of India’s Covid-19 task force and instructed them to maintain a high level of vigilance in the country, the Indian Express has learned.

While the Indian government is closely monitoring the situation regarding the new wave of Covid-19 cases reported in China, South Korea, Singapore and some European countries, the first official high-level meeting with senior members of the Covid-19 was held on Wednesday -Task force to discuss the evolving global scenario of a renewed surge in cases.

Mandaviya, sources said, directed authorities during the meeting to conduct aggressive genome sequencing of samples to discover possible new variants circulating in the community. In addition, Mandaviya urged local-level authorities to step up monitoring of cases to identify hotspots in India at an early stage, sources said.

The meeting was attended by Dr. VK Paul, Head of the Indian Covid-19 Task Force, Dr. Randeep Guleria, AIIMS Director, Dr. Balram Bhargava, ICMR Chief, K Vijay Raghavan, Chief Scientific Advisor, and Rajesh Bhushan, Union Minister of Health.

India is currently reporting a steady decline in Covid-19 cases. On Wednesday, the country reported just 2,876 new cases; and the country’s active case count goes down to 32,811.

In stark contrast, however, in China, the rise in highly transmissible omicron infections has prompted authorities to impose strict lockdown measures in the country. The country has reported over 15,000 new cases in the past two weeks. Similarly, South Korea reported a record 4 lakh new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday; The country has been reporting an average of over 3 lakh a day of new cases for the past week.

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