50 Per Cent People Don’t Wear A Mask: Health Ministry Cites Study | News

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Wearing a face mask that covers both nose and mouth is one of the defences against COVID-19

Highlights
  • 2,000 people were surveyed across 25 cities for the study
  • In the second COVID wave, India is looking at ramping Rapid Antigen Testing
  • To ramp up COVID-19 testing, ICMR has approved a home-based testing kit

New Delhi: The government aims to ramp up India’s daily testing capacity for COVID-19 to 45 lakh by end of June from the current capacity of 16-20 lakh per day, the Centre said on Thursday (May 20) as a record 20.55 lakh tests were conducted in a span of 24 hours. On augmenting testing for COVID-19 while ICMR has so far approved a home-based rapid antigen testing (RAT) kit manufactured by Mylab Discovery Solutions Ltd, Pune, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said kits by three more companies are in pipeline and likely to get the approval within a week.

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Mr Bhargava said kits for home testing will be available in market in 3-4 days.

Besides, Mr Bhargava said for ramping up capacity the ICMR has validated more than 105 Rapid Antigen Tests companies and approved 41 of them.

We are doing 16-20 lakh tests this week and we have a capacity of about 20 lakh tests by end of the month and upto the end of next month we can have the capacity of upto 45 lakh because ICMR has validated more than 105 RAT companies and approved 41 of them and 31 of them are indigenous, he said.

Out of the 45 lakh tests, 18 lakh will be RT-PCR, while 27 lakh will be Rapid Antigen Tests.

More than 20.55 lakh tests were conducted in a span of 24 hours, the highest ever conducted in a single day in India.

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He further said all the states have placed the order and they are rapidly enhancing their testing capacity.

For home testing, you buy test kit from chemist shop then download mobile app, register and read user manual and then you conduct the test yourself and click mobile image and upload mobile phone gives test result. This ensures patient confidentiality, the data stored in secure server and linked with ICMR database, he said.

In large cities, Mr Bhargava said focus was mainly on RT PCR which is the standard test but in district level the backbone of testing has been TrueNAT and CBNAAT, while in rural areas RAT is the backbone of testing.

“In the second wave, we have to increase the RAT testing, we have written to all chief secretaries and they have acted upon it. Multiple 24X7 RAT booths to be set up in cities, towns and villages.”

RATS to be allowed at all government and private healthcare facilities (no accreditation required). RAT booths to be set up with the community in schools, colleges, community centres, RWA offices etc. All RTPCR and RAT test results should be uploaded on ICMR portal, he said.

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“We have encouraged testing at all primary health centres and sub centres which are 1,87,601 so testing. Those testing positive can be isolated immediately and those testing negative and are still symptomatic their samples need to be sent for RT-PCR testing so that will have to go to a facility. But if the positivity rate is high then RAT will be able to isolate them very fast,” he said.

Mr Bhargava said there are 2,553 government and private COVID testing laboratories established across the country over the last 16 months.

Citing a study, he said that 50 per cent people do not wear a mask.

Of the 50 per cent wearing a mask, 64 per cent cover their mouth but not nose, 20 per cent have it on chin and 2 per cent mask on neck, he said, adding that 2,000 people were surveyed across 25 cities for the study.

Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said a continuous decline in the COVID-19 active cases has been noted in the last 15 days.

From being 17.13 per cent reported on May 3, the active cases now comprise 12.1 per cent of the country’s total infections. A positive trend in recovery has also been noted. The recovery rate which was 81.7 per cent on May 3 has increased to 86.7 now, he said.

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Mr Agarwal said India has witnessed a consistent upward trend in weekly tests since mid February with average daily tests increased by 2.3 times in last 12 weeks.

After a consistent increase in case positivity for 10 weeks, a decline in case positivity since last 2 weeks has been reported, he added.

Mr Agarwal said the country’s positivity rate in the last ten has been recorded less than 20 per cent and positivity rate was recorded at 13.31 per cent on Wednesday which was lowest in a month.

Eight states have more than 1 lakh active cases, nine states have 50,000 to 1 lakh active cases and 19 states have less than 50000 active. A decline has been observed in six states which were major contributors to active cases in the country — Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh Gujarat, he said.

Seven states have more than 25 per cent positivity rate, while 9 states have between 20-25 positivity rate. Twenty-two states have more than 15 per cent positivity rate, 13 states have 5 to 15 per cent positivity rate and one state has less than 5 per cent positivity, he said.

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Mr Agarwal said the number of districts with a week-on-week increase in weekly tests and decline in positivity considered for the week has increased from 210 to 303 districts.

Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Jharkhand are 10 states where a decline in cases and decline in positivity in the last 3 weeks have been observed, he added.

Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Mizoram are states showing a rise in cases and rise in positivity in last three weeks, he said.

Mr Agarwal further said that there are 89 districts where a decreasing trend in cases is being noted and there are 123 districts where a decreasing trend in case positivity is being observed for last 3 weeks.

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World

16,66,85,830Cases

6,01,43,787Active

10,30,88,495Recovered

34,53,548Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 16,66,85,830 and 34,53,548 have died; 6,01,43,787 are active cases and 10,30,88,495 have recovered as on May 23, 2021 at 3:49 am.

India

2,65,30,132 2,40,842Cases

28,05,3991,18,001Active

2,34,25,467 3,55,102Recovered

2,99,266 3,741Deaths

In India, there are 2,65,30,132 confirmed cases including 2,99,266 deaths. The number of active cases is 28,05,399 and 2,34,25,467 have recovered as on May 23, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

55,53,225 26,133

3,54,830 14,843

51,11,095 40,294

87,300 682

Karnataka

23,98,925 31,183

4,83,225 31,034

18,91,042 61,766

24,658 451

Kerala

23,22,146 28,514

2,89,657 17,062

20,25,319 45,400

7,170 176

Tamil Nadu

18,06,861 35,873

2,84,278 9,649

15,02,537 25,776

20,046 448

Uttar Pradesh

16,65,176 5,964

94,482 11,794

15,51,716 17,540

18,978 218

Andhra Pradesh

15,62,060 19,981

2,10,683 1,527

13,41,355 18,336

10,022 118

Delhi

14,15,219 2,260

31,308 4,375

13,60,898 6,453

23,013 182

West Bengal

12,48,668 18,863

1,31,688 493

11,02,772 19,202

14,208 154

Chhattisgarh

9,45,694 4,328

70,540 5,906

8,62,660 10,131

12,494 103

Rajasthan

9,09,521 6,103

1,22,330 9,476

7,79,601 15,464

7,590 115

Gujarat

7,84,676 4,205

80,127 4,294

6,95,026 8,445

9,523 54

Madhya Pradesh

7,60,963 3,844

62,053 5,572

6,91,427 9,327

7,483 89

Haryana

7,33,628 5,021

47,993 6,404

6,78,220 11,327

7,415 98

Bihar

6,85,574 4,375

44,908 4,404

6,36,224 8,676

4,442 103

Odisha

6,79,530 11,108

99,091 481

5,77,983 10,601

2,456 26

Telangana

5,51,035 3,308

42,959 1,436

5,04,970 4,723

3,106 21

Punjab

5,33,973 5,297

61,203 2,267

4,59,681 7,363

13,089 201

Assam

3,65,620 5,980

55,405 1,242

3,07,548 4,659

2,667 79

Jharkhand

3,29,072 2,037

22,566 1,933

3,01,705 3,929

4,801 41

Uttarakhand

3,10,469 2,903

57,929 5,444

2,46,806 8,213

5,734 134

Jammu And Kashmir

2,67,313 3,408

49,136 757

2,14,664 4,117

3,513 48

Himachal Pradesh

1,77,725 2,341

28,788 2,731

1,46,230 5,017

2,707 55

Goa

1,44,839 1,647

18,243 1,085

1,24,255 2,693

2,341 39

Puducherry

94,612 1,445

17,340 596

75,947 2,011

1,325 30

Chandigarh

58,129 392

5,265 410

52,172 790

692 12

Tripura

46,099 876

8,011 674

37,625 196

463 6

Manipur

43,322 757

6,390 92

36,258 652

674 13

Meghalaya

28,878 1,123

7,454 593

20,989 509

435 21

Arunachal Pradesh

23,867 314

2,936 20

20,836 291

95 3

Nagaland

19,845 252

4,607 19

14,967 220

271 13

Ladakh

17,277 131

1,516 83

15,585 211

176 3

Sikkim

12,808 287

3,194 19

9,393 267

221 1

Mizoram

10,220 196

2,453 20

7,736 215

31 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

9,925 45

531 76

9,390 121

4

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

6,820 31

278 4

6,441 24

101 3

Lakshadweep

6,418 317

2,002 174

4,394 143

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