5-10% Covid cases need hospitalisation at present, may change rapidly: Health secy to states

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Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan urged authorities in all states and UTs to keep a watch on the situation of the total number of active Covid-19 cases.

Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Monday wrote to his counterparts in states and Union territories regarding the latest resurgence in coronavirus cases that he said appeared to be driven by the ‘variant of concern’ (VoC) Omicron and the continued presence of the other strain Delta.

Bhushan said in the present surge, five to 10 per cent of active cases have required hospitalisation so far. He, however, warned that the situation is dynamic and evolving, and the need for hospitalisation may change rapidly.

The senior officer urged authorities in all states and UTs to keep a watch on the situation of the total number of active cases, those under home isolation, and patients requiring oxygen beds, ICU beds and ventilation support.

The ministry said that based on this monitoring, the requirement of healthcare workers and their availability should be reviewed on a daily basis. 

It also asked the state and UT authorities to conserve healthcare workers by working out at staggered mode of work as both infrastructure and human resources have their limiations. 

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