Complaints from states that people becoming lax in taking COVID-19 precautions: Health ministry

By: |
September 8, 2020 6:38 PM

Addressing a press briefing, NITI Aayog member V K Paul, who also heads COVID-19 national task force, stressed on the importance of testing in containing the pandemic.

"We are getting repeated complaints from states that people have become lax (in taking precautions)," he said.“We are getting repeated complaints from states that people have become lax (in taking precautions),” he said.

Highlighting repeated complaints from states that people are becoming lax in taking precautions against COVID-19, the Centre on Tuesday said following public health measures like social distancing and wearing masks remains key to slowing the pandemic.

Addressing a press briefing, NITI Aayog member V K Paul, who also heads COVID-19 national task force, stressed on the importance of testing in containing the pandemic.

“People should not be afraid of getting tested. They should come forward to get themselves tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms,” he said.

At a time when coronavirus cases are on the rise, Paul said there have been repeated complaints from states about people becoming lax in taking safety precautions.

“We are getting repeated complaints from states that people have become lax (in taking precautions),” he said.

The official asserted that following social distancing, wearing masks, maintaining hand hygiene and avoiding big gatherings remain vital in preventing the spread of the infection.

Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said India’s COVID-19 cases per million population is 3,102, which is among the lowest in the world.

“The COVID-19 deaths per million population in India is 53 as compared to the world average of 115 deaths per million. This is also among the lowest in the world,” he said.

Giving a break-up of the cases, Bhushan said five states which account for approximately 70 per cent of total COVID-19 deaths in the country are Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. The rest 31.37 per cent deaths are from other states and UTs.

“A total of 28 states and UTs have COVID-19 case fatality rate lower than the national average of 1.70 per cent,” the official noted.

He added that Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu account for 62 per cent of total active COVID-19 cases in the country.

“While 14 states and UTs have less than 5,000 active COVID-19 cases, Lakshadweep has no active cases,” Bhushan said.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1Delhi records over 40 COVID-19 deaths for second straight day; cases rise to 2,71,114
2COVID-19: Kerala witnesses highest single-day spurt of 7,445 new cases; total cases rise to 1.74 lakh
3ICMR’s 2nd sero-survey shows Indians far from achieving herd immunity against COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan