This comes amid an uptick in fresh cases over the past couple of weeks.
In a letter dated June 9, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan has pointed out the average daily new cases going from 2,663 during the week ending June 1, to 4,207 for the week ending June 8. He also mentioned just 4 states- Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala and Karnataka- reporting 81% of the new cases reported in the last 24 hours.
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Bhushan in his letter also urged states not to lose the gains made in the fight against the pandemic, that saw cases decline across the country in the last four months.
States and UTs have been asked to ensure high level of testing in clusters reporting high number of cases. The letter also stressed on genome sequencing of international passengers.
“The five-fold strategy, ie Test-Track-Treat-Vaccine and Covid Appropriate Behavior should be followed diligently,” the letter further said.
Of the four states reporting the maximum cases in the latest surge, Maharashtra’s daily numbers have gone from 536 on May 27 to 2813 on June 9.
Delhi logged 622 fresh Covid cases and two more deaths on Thursday, compared to 564 a day back.
The national daily figure too has risen significantly over the same period- from 2,710 on May 27 to 7,240 on June 9.