As Covid-19 cases surge, health ministry issues revised guidelines | Latest News India

The Department of Health and Family Welfare has issued revised guidance on Covid-19 following last week’s spike in cases across the country.

A surge in cases has been noted in recent weeks, particularly in certain parts of the country, with a total of 2,082 cases reported in the week ending March 8, 2023. (HT archive)

“Antibiotics should not be used unless there is clinical suspicion of a bacterial infection. The possibility of co-infection of COVID-19 with other endemic infections must be considered. Systemic corticosteroids are not indicated for mild disease,” the revised guidelines state.

According to the revised Covid-19 guidelines, observe “physical distancing, use of masks indoors, hand hygiene, symptom management (hydration, antipyretics, cough suppressants). Monitor temperature and oxygen saturation (by attaching an SpO probe to fingers). Stay in touch with the doctor treating you.

“Seek medical attention immediately if you develop difficulty breathing, high fever/severe cough, especially if it lasts more than 5 days. A low threshold is to be maintained for individuals with any of the high-risk characteristics,” the guidelines are being discussed and prepared Jan said.

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In addition, for moderate or severe disease with a high risk of progression, the guidelines recommend: “Consider remdesivir for up to 5 days (200 mg IV on Day 1, followed by 100 mg IV once daily for the next 4 days)”.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday wrote to the state governments of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka to adopt a five-pronged strategy of testing, tracking, treating and vaccination as those states witness a surge are from Covid-19. 19 cases.

India has seen a significant drop in the number of Covid-19 cases in recent months. However, in recent weeks an increase in cases has been noted specifically in certain parts of the country, with a total of 2,082 cases reported in the week ended March 8, 2023, which rose to 3,264 cases in the week ended March 15, the letter said of the Union Ministry of the Interior.

There are few states reporting higher numbers of cases suggesting possible local spread of infection and there is a need to adopt a risk-assessment based approach to prevent and contain the infection without ignoring the previously im Fight against them achieved success in losing the pandemic, said the Union Ministry of Health.

Gujarat has reported an increase in weekly cases from 105 in the week ending March 8, 2023 to 279 in the week ending March 15. In addition, the state reported a positivity rate of 1.11 percent for the week ended March 15, which is higher than India’s positivity rate of 0.61 percent for the same period, the letter said.


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