New Delhi : While the number of COVID infected patients is increasing each day, in some positive news, India is also seeing improvement in recovery rate in COVID-19 patients with 35.09% vis-a-vis the recovery rate in April which was only 10%.
Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan held the meeting yesterday, in New Delhi with Principal Health Secretaries, Municipal Commissioners, District Magistrates and other officials from the 30 COVID-19 high caseload municipal areas which are contributing almost 80 per cent of the country’s COVID-19 cases. During the meeting, a presentation was made on the present status of COVID-19 infections in the districts while highlighting the high-risk factors, indices such as confirmation rate, fatality rate, doubling rate and tests per million.
It was informed that since yesterday, fresh 3,970 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the country taking the total number to 85,940. So far, a total of 30,150 people have been cured and in the last 24 hours, 2,233 patients were found cured and this takes the total recovery rate to 35.09 per cent. Early last month, the recovery rate recorded was only 10% which has now greatly improved. During the said meeting, the management indicators of buffer zones, urban densely populated area-related COVID management challenges and actions to be taken for it, new containment measures, a separate strategic management plan for highly affected areas and the reviewed measures for frontline health worker were discussed.
Also, recently a meeting of the High-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19, chaired by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan was held, in which in-depth deliberations took place on the strategic management and containment measures of COVID-19.
Bringing back safely
In the midst of COVID lockdown, lakhs of migrant workers flocking back to their home states. The Ministry of Home Affairs is seen to be creating an equilibrium in taking care and caution for containment of COVID-19 in the form of lockdown and social distancing, and in monitoring and facilitating the movement of the migrant workers in various ways.
Home Ministry has officially launched NMIS (National Migrant Information System), to track and capture the movement of migrants and to facilitate the inter-state sharing of information and the coordination. NMIS is a central online repository on migrant workers developed by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), to facilitate the smooth inter-state movement of the migrant workers and the stranded persons during the lockdown. The NMIS shall capture information like name, age, mobile number, address of the people travelling across in the system, and the mobile numbers of people can be used for contact tracing during COVID-19 response work.
A unique ID is generated for each migrant, which can be used for all transactions. GOI nodal ministries can also monitor the movement of migrants through this portal’s dashboard.
The Indian Railways is operating ‘Shramik special trains’ to facilitate the migrant labourers go back to their home-towns. Earlier on Thursday, the Central government allowed the State and union territories to ferry passengers buses to the migrant workers reaching the railway stations. The centre is claiming the 85 per cent cost of tickets while 15 per cent will be afforded by the state government. As per reports, the India railways have operated 1074 Shramik special trains which ferried 14 lakh workers.
Running of more Shramik Trains is being considered to ferry migrants home with the onus on district collectors to ensure that adequate arrangements are made for migrants who want to move. “Under the Disaster Management Act, the collectors are empowered. They can tabulate the number of migrant labourers in their district and accordingly arrange for buses. States can use the district-wise data to tabulate how many trains are needed. The centre is willing to lend a helping hand,” an MHA official said.