India recorded over 1,800 new cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row, bringing the total number of active cases to over 10,000, according to data that was updated on Monday by the Union health ministry. There have been six additional reports of COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 5,30,837.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan will meet with state health secretaries and senior officers to discuss COVID-19 preparedness as India continues to report an increase in coronavirus infections. Information regarding the nationwide mock-drill that will be held next month at health facilities in all districts will be shared at the review meeting.
Participants in the exercise intended to evaluate the availability of medicines, hospital beds, medical equipment, and medical oxygen are anticipated to come from both public and private health facilities, as stated in a joint advisory issued by the Union Health Ministry and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
When compared to WHO standards, the advisory emphasized the declining levels of COVID-19 testing. As a result, in order to deal with the emergence of new COVID-19 case clusters, it is crucial to maintain optimal COVID-19 testing across all states. This is especially critical in order to identify any new hotspots and prevent virus transmission.