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Health Ministry cautioned that it is especially worried with the upcoming months which is likely to witness mass gathering

Health Ministry cautioned that it is especially worried with the upcoming months which is likely to witness mass gathering

The Central Government has written to Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Odisha, Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi and Karnataka governments following a steady rise in the average daily new cases of COVID in the past few weeks, in New Delhi.

Stating that in view of some changes in symptoms and clinical manifestation of the disease it is crucial to monitor and report district wise lnfluenza-like illness (lLl) & SARI cases in all health facilities as per the guidelines, the Central Government said that, this is vital to detect early warning signals of the spread of infection.

“This will enable us to take pre-emptive action if required, in any areas of concern,’’ the Ministry said.

The Health Ministry cautioned that it is especially worried with the upcoming months which is likely to witness mass gatherings in context of various festivities to be held in different parts of the country.

“This will lead to a large number of individuals undertaking intra and interstate journeys or congregating at the same places. This may potentially facilitate transmission of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

“lt’s critical for the state to ensure adequate testing is undertaken in all the districts of the state while maintaining the recommended share of RT-PCR and Antigen tests. The state must also closely monitor districts reporting higher cases, positivity rates and clusters to prevent further spread of infection and effective case management,’’ it added.

Centre said that the challenges which need to be addressed have been highlighted multiple times but the consistent increase that has been indicated brings to fore the need for heightened action at the State level to contain the spread of cases.

States have also been requested to ensure effective compliance of these guidelines and its regular monitoring. Genome sequencing of prescribed samples of international passengers as well as collection of samples from-sentinel Sites (identified health facilities) and local cluster of new Covid-19 cases is equally important, said the Ministry.

The Ministry in its communication added that such samples must be sent promptly by the State/UT to the designated lab of INSACOG network for Genome Sequencing. Renewed attention needs to be paid for ensuring of Covid Appropriate Behaviour in crowded places like markets, inter-state bus stands, schools, colleges, railway stations, etc’ .

There is a need to promote Covid Appropriate Behaviour through sensitization and public campaigns, with active participation of local community leaders and other influencers.

States have also been instructed to increase the pace of vaccination for all eligible populations and accelerate the administration of free precaution doses for eligible populations at all Government Covid Vaccination Centers (CVCs).

“State should follow that five-fold strategy of Test, Track, Treat, Vaccinate and adherence to COVID appropriate behaviour within the community,’’ said the letter.


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