Surge in Covid casesHospitals told to hold mock drill on Apr 10, 11

Amid rising cases of Covid-19 in the country, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday held a review meeting with Health Ministers of all States and Union Territories.
In the meeting with State Health Ministers and Principal and Additional Chief Secretaries held virtually, Mandaviya stressed on identifying emergency hotspots by monitoring trends of influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) cases, ramping up testing and vaccination and ensuring readiness of hospital infrastructure.
Along with enhancing genome sequencing and ramping up whole genome sequencing of positive samples, he also emphasised on creating awareness about following Covid-appropriate behaviour.
The Centre and the States need to continue working in a collaborative spirit as was done during the previous surges for COVID-19 prevention and management, Mandaviya said.
Mock drills of all hospital infrastructure on April 10, 11
He also urged the State Health Ministers to conduct mock drills of all hospital infrastructure on April 10 and 11 and review the health preparedness with district administrations and health officials on April 8 and 9.
Earlier, on Wednesday (April 5), Covid empowerment working group also conducted a review routine meeting. Dr VK Paul, Dr Rajiv Bahl, DG, ICMR and other senior health officials attended this meeting. According to the sources, this was a review meeting to know the Covid situation and preparedness in the country. "We need to remain alert but there is no need to worry. Currently, the sub-variant of Omicron which is circulating in the country hasn't increased hospitalisation," Mandaviya said on Covid-19 situation in the country.
Last month on March 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting to review Covid-related situation and public health preparedness in view of the recent surge in coronavirus cases as well as influenza infections.
Five-fold strategy
PM Modi advised to continue to focus on a five-fold strategy of Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination and Covid appropriate behaviour, enhance lab survei- llance and testing of all Severe Acute Respiratory Illness cases.  He also said that mock drills should be conducted regularly to ensure that hospitals are ready for all exigencies.
"This will support tracking of newer variants, if any, and timely response," the PMO said. India TV