August 1, 2021, 5:55 PM

Dr Randeep Guleria, Chief, AIIMS

Dr Randeep Guleria, Chief, AIIMS

Dr Randeep Guleria, the Chief of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, has expressed concern over the rising 'R-value' with respect to COVID while suggesting that aggressive containment strategies are needed in part of the country that are witnessing in surge in infections.

NDTV quoted Dr Guleria as saying: " Starting from .96, and going all the way up to 1, the rise in R-Value is a cause of concern. Simply put, this means that the chances of infection spreading from a person, who has Covid, to others have gone up. The areas which are witnessing this surge should bring in restrictions and employ "test, track, and treat" strategy to break the chain of transmission."

It is to be noted that, on Friday, India recorded 44,230 cases of COVID, the highest single-day surge in three weeks. The government informed on Saturday that forty-six districts in the country have a positivity rate of more than 10 per cent.

Commenting on the drastic surge in COVID cases in Kerala, Dr Guleria said: " In the beginning, Kerala had set a precedent for others by managing the pandemic well. They also had an aggressive vaccination drive. Yet despite that, are witnessing a spike in a way that's different from other parts of the country. This needs to be evaluated. Also, is there a variant behind the surge? Are containment strategies being aggressively followed - all this needs to be evaluated."

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