Corona confirmed cases rising: no stoppage of immunization
NEW DELHI, May 22: As many as 6088 persons were found with the confirmed coronavirus symptoms in India on Friday, the highest in a single day, that showed the virus spreading faster with 5.88% detected with the disease in 1.03 lakh tests carried out in the past 24 hours.
This pushed up the total confirmed cases detected in the country to 1,18,447, while 66,330 of them are still in hospitals undergoing treatment.
With another 3234 patients cured and discharged, those recovering from the dreaded virus rose to 48,534, giving the recovery rate of 40.97%, a slight better than the previous day's 40.66%.
The death toll on Friday rose to 3583, with 148 succumbing to death in the past 24 hours. Maharashtra continues to have the highest death casualty of 1454 and the highest 41,642 COVID-19 cases, the second highest 773 deaths were reported from Gujarat that slipped to third position in terms of 12,905 positive cases detected even as Tamil Nadu comes second with 13,967, though with comparatively less mortality of 94.
IMMUNIZATION: Meanwhile, the Health Ministry on Friday issued a guidance note for immunization services during and post COVID-19 outbreak. It said the birth dose vaccinations at health facilities will continue irrespective of the categorization of zones amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
It said an area exiting a containment or a buffer zone category can start facility-based and outreach immunization activities only after a minimum gap of 14 days. The document said that in alignment with the area categorization, immunization services will be classified under two heads -- immunization in containment and buffer zone and immunization in areas beyond the buffer and green zone.
The document also specifies that in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, delivery of immunization services for different zones will follow the guidelines of the Home Ministry and Health ministry pertaining to COVID-19 and no state should violate any COVID-19 guidance. Practices of social distancing, hand washing and respiratory hygiene need to be maintained at all immunization sessions irrespective of zones. It also said that immunization services in containment and buffer zone would involve no active mobilization to the health facility.