As the end of the year holidays approach, the central government has advised the states and territories of the Union to maintain strict vigilance to curb the spread of the coronavirus. In this regard, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to the Chief Secretaries and Directors of all States and Territories of the Union.
“Covid 19 still remains a serious and persistent public health challenge in our country. As the country experiences a sustained decline in the number of daily cases as well as daily deaths, the second wave of COVID 19 is still not over. Globally, too, the increase in the number of cases is reported in several countries. This increase in the number of cases has reinforced the importance of implementing the appropriate Covid Behavior (CAB) in addition to vaccination efforts, ”the letter read.
“In the coming months, various festivities will follow one another until December 31, 2021. This is a critical period as there may be a tendency to ignore the safe behaviors of Covid during festivals, resulting in large gatherings, events, fairs, etc. It is essential to enforce the guidelines in order to allow the festivities in a prudent, safe and proper manner.
The letter further calls on relevant authorities to limit mass gatherings to a limited number of people and allow them in districts not classified as “containment zones” or in areas reporting a daily positivity rate of 5% or less. . Restrictions can be imposed and monitored based on weekly positivity rate and bed occupancy for at least 14 days.
Authorities have also been tasked with following the five-pronged strategy of “Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate and Respect for Appropriate Covid Behavior”.
India has reported 31,923 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed Thursday. India’s cumulative tally has reached 3,35,631,421 and the number of active cases has declined to 3,01,604, the lowest in 187 days. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.09 percent.
According to the Ministry of Health, 3,28 15,731 people have recovered from the disease so far, with 31,990 recoveries reported in the past 24 hours. The death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 4,460,050 with 282 new deaths.