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The Center has asked the 11 states reporting a more dangerous type of dengue virus to detect early cases. Government asked states to start Dengue virus fever helplines and stock adequate testing kits, larvicides, and medicines. The high-level review meeting of the COVID-19 situation also took note of the high test positivity. It directed the states to ensure avoidance of mass gatherings given the upcoming festival season.

During the meeting, the Center asked the affected states to deploy rapid response teams. It will lead to the prompt investigation of the “emerging challenge” of Serotype-II Dengue, which is associated with more cases and more complications than other forms of the disease. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. Center requested to undertake campaigns regarding helplines, methods of vector control, source reduction at homes. The states reporting serotype II dengue cases are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, MP, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana. Earlier, the health ministry had issued an advisory to these states in August and on September 10.

High Covid Favourable rates are arising amid Dengue virus strain.

To ensure necessary precautions and effective enforcement. On COVID-19 management, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan directed 15 states reporting high positivity rates. Seventy districts in 15 states “are a cause of concern” as they continue to report a high positivity rate of over 5%. However, 34 districts crossed 10% positivity, the Health Secretary said. Because of the forthcoming festival season, the government directed states to ensure all necessary precautions. Center headed for effective enforcement for the avoidance of mass gathering and congested closed spaces. It was drawing examples from other countries that saw multiple peaks of COVID-19. Mr Gauba advised them to ramp up their health infrastructure and essential stock medicine to meet any potential surge in cases. However, the government should also impose strict restrictions amid festival season to curb the virus. It is a challenge for the government to tackle both diseases at the same point in time.

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