Goa's COVID-19 surge marks a 6.6% positivity rate; third-highest in the country

According to reports, from March 14 to March 27, Goa's coronavirus positivity rate surged to be the third-highest in the country.

For over one week, the fresh tallies of coronavirus cases in Goa have surged over the 100-mark, pushing it over the edge to be counted as a 'red zone'. Any state with a COVID positivity rate over 5%, confirmed cases per 100 tests, within a duration of 14 days is considered to be in a red zone. According to reports, from March 14 to March 27, Goa's coronavirus positivity rate surged to be the third-highest in the country, at 6.6%, adding as many as 1,419 patients to its active load.

COVID-19 scare intensifies in Goa amid high tourist influx

Following the high positivity rates of Maharashtra (21.4%) and Punjab (7%), Goa has clocked in the third-highest case positivity rate in the country. As per reports, Goa has recorded a rapid 2.1% surge in this ratio in just two weeks time. From March 1 to March 14, Goa's case positivity rate was noted to be around 4.5%.

The Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences has mapped this alarming surge to the increased tourist influx in Goa. He has labelled this travel as non-essential and stated that this huge spike could have been avoided, had the travel restrictions and protocols were continued here.

According to the Centre, all states in the COVID-19 'red zone' have to ensure the imposition of various strict measures to curb the rapid rise of infection. It has to be noted that where Maharashtra is contemplating enforcing a lockdown and other states are insisting on a Covid-19 negative report on arrival, the state of Goa has scrapped any such restrictive protocol.

While the Health Minister recently said that the state is boosting its testing and contact screening capacity, the Union norms indicate that a high positivity rate is suggestive of the fact, that the state is not taking enough measures. Further, in a health bulletin of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued on Monday, the state has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases per million, which exceeds substantially over the national average. Goa is at 36,302 while the national average is 8,724.

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Essential vendors to receive COVID jab on priority in Jaipur & other districts in Rajasthan

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Medicinal oxygen for COVID treatment is now available at Maurari Nagar & Talkatora in Lucknow

Oxygen carrying vehicles across Uttar Pradesh will now be monitored via GPS tracking.

On Tuesday, the Oudh Oxygen Centre in Lucknow conducted an oxygen supply camp for the benefit of several recovering patients. Several people from all across the city flocked to this centre at Talkatora Road, Mawaaiya Industrial area, to supplement their oxygen supplies amid an overall acute shortage. A similar drive was also held at Mauraru Nagar, easing the availability of medicinal oxygen; a major respite in these desperate times.

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Ahead of an expected surge in COVID-19 cases, Goa stocks up its oxygen inventories

The Goa Health Department is chalking out an elaborate plan to ensure oxygen availability to all COVID patients.

Goa is facing a scenario where its oxygen demands are set to double but this has only increased the efforts of the state government to supplement its inventory of oxygen supplies to meet the expected need, informed the Health Minister. Goa has also roped in government and private players in Karnataka and Kerala, leaving no stone unturned to ensure it is able to provide the prescribed medical treatment to all patients under the state's care.

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Indore distributes over 12,000 Remdesivir injections across MP to ensure rapid COVID treatment

Indore District Administration denies permissions to wedding ceremonies amid steep escalation of coronavirus cases.

A large consignment of Remdesivir injections arrived at the Indore Airport on Sunday, carrying about 125 boxes of the COVID treatment drug. This lot collectively made about 12,000 injections available for immediate use. As per the directives of the Chief Minister, the state is undertaking several efforts to ensure that there is an optimum supply of medicines and necessary resources for the treatment of coronavirus infected patients in affected districts. Consequently, the medicine boxes were airlifted from the Indore Airport itself, to ensure immediate availability across other cities.

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