State’s Covid statistics still better than national figures: CS
Though Covid-19 positive cases may be rising in Uttarakhand, the situation in the state is still better when seen from the national perspective. Stating this, the chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh said that the number of Covid-19 positive cases in the nation is about two lakh while the number of such patients in Uttarakhand is about 1,000. Uttarakhand’s population is about one per cent of the nation’s population though Covid-19 positive cases in the state constitute about 0.5 per cent of the national figure.
Singh said that about one fourth of novel coronavirus infected persons have recovered in the state. All the seven deaths reported so far of those who were afflicted with some serious disease. While the national mortality rate of Covid-19 patients is about 2.83 per cent, in Uttarakhand it is still less than one per cent. The doubling rate is also improving gradually. The positivity rate in the state is also less than the national average, he informed.
Stating that contact tracing is very important in the fight against Covid-19, Singh said that so far 4,000 contact tracings had been done so far. With facilities being enhanced consistently in the state, the number of beds in institutional facilities has increased to about 14,000. Though the number of active cases is likely to rise a bit in the coming days, there is no need to panic as the state is well prepared. In about 95 per cent cases, the patients are either asymptomatic or display very mild symptoms. There has been a travel history in most of the cases and community spread has not been witnessed.
The chief secretary said, “We have identified 75 cities across the nation with high number of Covid-19 cases. Any person arriving from these cities to the state will have to stay in governmental quarantine facility for seven days. They will be allowed to go home if they do not display Covid like symptoms but they will have to remain under home quarantine for 14 days. Those who come from places other than these identified cities will have to remain under home quarantine for 14 days. Those coming from other states and those traveling inter-district within the state will have to register. Those travelling from Red zone to another place will also have to secure a permit.”
Wednesday, 03 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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