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Apr 03, 2021

Centre asks States to set up Containment Zones, Micro Containment Zones and to ramp up tests to break chain of COVID transmission

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The Centre has asked the states reporting a surge in COVID-19 cases to increase testing and setting up of Containment Zones and Micro Containment Zones to break the chain of transmission. It has also asked them to take immediate and high effective measures to ensure containment of active cases and daily deaths through adherence of the standard Clinical Management Protocol. Eleven States and Union Territories including Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Delhi, Haryana and Chhattisgarh have been categorised as States of grave concern on account of rising daily case and higher deaths.

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba yesterday chaired a high-level review meeting with Chief Secretaries, Director General of Police and Health Secretaries of all States and Union Territories. The states have been asked to increase testing continuously to ensure that positivity comes down to 5 percent or less.  

During the meeting, it was stressed that the message of ‘Dawai Bhi, Kadai Bhi’ should  be effectively and profusely spread through multi-media and multilateral platforms.

During the meeting, the Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan highlighted the current trajectory of COVID in the States and Union Territories while Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare showcased ways of effective Behavioural Change Communication to instill COVID Appropriate Behaviour among the populace.  

NITI Aayog Member Dr V. K. Paul emphasized the need for States to follow a protocol for sharing clinical and epidemiological data for more detailed study of the mutant strain of the virus for genome sequencing.


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