The chief minister said that vaccine would provide a protective shield against Coronavirus, and that vaccination campaign in MP should be intensified

Bhopal: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday said that the Corona pandemic in the state is now nearing its end. New cases of Coronavirus have come down below 500 in the state and weekly positivity rate has come down to less than 2% in 50 districts. The state ranks 23rd in the country in terms of Coronavirus infection. The recovery rate of the state has gone up to 98%, he said.
Chouhan said that efforts should now be made so that the third wave of Coronavirus, even if it does hit the state, may not have any serious effect or may have only negligible impact. The basic mantra to prevent Coronavirus infection is more and more testing, he said. Testing should be done by reaching out to the people and treatment should be provided by isolating the infected persons. Efforts should be made to identify every Coronavirus patient and provide them treatment, the chief minister said.
He further said that vaccine is a protective shield against Coronavirus. Intensive campaign of Coronavirus vaccination should be carried out in the state. Chouhan was reviewing the Coronavirus situation in the state at Mantralaya. Medical education minister Vishwas Sarang, chief secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, additional chief secretary, health, Mohammad Suleman and health commissioner Akash Tripathi were present in the meeting.
On Wednesday, 453 new cases were reported while 1,329 patients recovered. Active cases have come down to 7,071. The seven-day positivity rate is 0.8% and Wednesday’s positivity rate was 0.6%.
In at least six districts, more than 10 new Coronavirus cases each were reported — 144 new cases have come in Indore, 104 in Bhopal, 39 in Jabalpur, 13 in Ujjain, 12 in Betul and 11 in Ratlam.
No new cases of Coronavirus infection were reported in 10 districts of Alirajpur, Bhind, Datia, Dindori, Guna, Harda, Mandla, Sheopur, Singrauli and Tikamgarh. Alirajpur district is completely Corona-free. Active cases of Corona are in single digit in Burhanpur and Chhatarpur districts.
In only two districts of the state — Indore and Bhopal — the weekly positivity rate is more than 2%. The weekly positivity rate is 2.1% in Indore and 2.2% in Bhopal.
In the state, 3,135 patients of Corona are being treated in hospitals. Out of these, 1,315 patients are in ICU, 1,227 patients are on oxygen beds and 593 patients are on normal beds. There are 3,936 patients in home isolation.


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