146 districts are cause for concern, positivity of over 15%: Government

The center said on Wednesday that 146 districts reported a positivity rate of more than 15% and was a “cause for concern”, while 274 districts reported 5-15% positivity.

He also published data showing that after vaccination, only “2-4 people per 10,000” gave positive results.

In the last 24 hours, a total of 2,95,041 new cases and 2,023 deaths were reported. The number of active cases has now exceeded the 21 lakh limit, while the death toll has reached 1.82,553.

“These 146 districts are a cause for concern. We had detailed discussions with the 146 districts on the efforts that need to be made to control the spread of the infection. These are the districts where the maximum number of cases follows and the health system is facing the tension of the new cases “, said the secretary of the Health Union, Rajesh Bhushan.

Bhushan said for the next vaccination phase, which begins on May 1, the Center will inform states 15 days in advance of the doses it will receive. He said vaccine prices from private hospitals would be monitored.

“The center will inform states in advance that in the next 15 days they will receive a specific number of doses … They will have a broader picture, as well as a granular picture of availability as well as the date and future availability for the two weeks,” he said. said Bhushan.

“Those over the age of 18 will be given doses of vaccine that are purchased by states and private hospitals on the open market channel,” he said.

“The two vaccines prevent severe disease and death. These vaccines reduce the infection. We know that after vaccination, if we get the infection, it is known as a progressive infection. The data show that this is a very small number – 2-4 per 10,000 … This is due to health workers and front-line workers who were the first to be vaccinated and are prone to higher occupational exposure, ”said DG , ICMR, Dr. Balram Bhargava.

Testing Covid-19 and the elderly during the dose of COVID-19 vaccine at New Delhi Hospital, Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya – Friday in New Delhi. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

“The second highly transmissible current wave may also contribute little to the infection discovered after vaccination,” Bhargava said.

According to data released on Wednesday, of the 10.03 million who received the first dose of Covishield vaccine, 0.02% (17,145) tested positive; and of the 1.57 million who received both fires, 0.03% (5,014) gave positive results. For Covaxin, 0.04% (4,208) of the 93.56 lakh who received the first dose were positive; and of the 17.37 lakh who received both doses, 0.04% (695) gave positive results.

Ten states and territories of the Union reported over 40% vaccine coverage in the over-60 age group: Ladakh, Sikkim, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Lakshwadeep, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Andaman and the Nicobar Islands. On average, 26.16% of this population in the whole country received the first dose. Burial of a COVID-19 patient, amid a large number of coronavirus cases nationwide, at a cemetery in New Delhi. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

The Center also published data showing that the prevalence of deaths is almost the same as in the first wave, in most age groups. According to the data, in the age group under 10 years, 0.27% deaths were reported in the first wave and 0.34% in the second wave; for 10-20 years, it was 0.53 percent and 0.31 percent; for 20-30 years, it was 2.08 percent and 1.72 percent; for 30-40 years, it was 5.27 percent and 5.39 percent; for 40-50 years, it was 11.98 percent and 10.82 percent; for 50-60 years, it was 23.29 percent and 21.23 percent; and for 60-70 years, it was 28.76% and 28.21%.

However, in the 70-80 age group (19.99 percent and 22.17 percent) and over 80 years (7.82 percent and 9.81 percent), more were reported. many deaths in the second wave.

Regarding the lack of oxygen reported in several parts of the country, the Center said it had received an expression of interest in supplying oxygen from various foreign companies. “We are evaluating and will make a distribution soon. Under normal circumstances, it takes three weeks to ship oxygen, ”Bhushan said.

The center also said it had increased its supply of medical oxygen to Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, UP, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Delhi.

Of the 7,500 metric tons generated in the country, 6,600 metric tons are distributed in the form of medical oxygen to states, the Center said.

“The previous steel mills were on the list of exemptions. However, we have changed this so that only captive plants receive oxygen for industrial purposes. The other steel plants were removed from the list. Additional oxygen will be provided for medical facilities, “Bhushan said.

He reiterated that “private sector hospitals will no longer receive vaccines from the center.” “They will have to buy directly from the 50% available on the open market. Prices charged by private hospitals will be monitored. We will inform about this separately … the stocks and the price of the vaccines will be captured on the Co-WIN platform “, he said.

“Free vaccination will be available in all centers that receive vaccine doses from the Government of India … Based on the doses provided by the Government of India, those over 45, health workers, front-line workers will be vaccinated.” , he said.