Healthcare trends 2022: India on alert for new variants as COVID wave sweeps China

Healthcare trends 2022

Healthcare trends 2022: Health ministry of India has advised the citizens to take all preventive measures against COVID-19. The measures include getting vaccinated and wearing masks, using hand sanitizers, maintaining hygiene and social distancing.

Further, testing of the international travelers, monitoring new strains of COVID is also important. This is because the country is on high alert for potential new variants of COVID. The new variants could emerge from the neighboring country China.

However, only maintaining the social norms of hygiene and initiating vaccination and booster shots is not enough. Health Minister Mandaviya said “COVID is not over yet. I have directed all concerned to be on the alert, and strengthen surveillance.”

Earlier this year, because of a drop in infections India relaxed its COVID restrictions. People mostly stopped wearing masks outside because of the relaxations. This made the Indian ministers to raise warnings for the upcoming COVID waves with new strains.

Moreover, the chief of World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also expressed concern over the rising cases in China. Additionally, he asked to make a comprehensive risk assessment with more detailed information on disease severity, hospital admissions and requirements for ICU support.

Furthermore, Mandaviya added “We are prepared to manage any situation”. More than 2 billion COVID vaccines are administered in India. Nearly 75% of the population are vaccinated with at least one dose. This made a steady decline in the number of cases were observed in India.

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