Thursday, September 23, 2021

Containment measures for COVID-19 to remain in force up to end of next month: MHA

The Ministry of Home Affairs has said that containment measures for COVID-19 will remain in force up to end of the next month. In a letter written to States and Union Territories today, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has urged to issue strict directions to the districts and local authorities to take necessary measures for management and containment of COVID-19.

The Ministry of Home Affairs said, the overall pandemic situation at the national level now appears to be largely stable except the localized spread of the virus in few states. However, the total number of active cases and high case positivity in some districts continues to remain a matter of concern.

The Ministry said, States and Union Territories having high positivity in their districts should take proactive containment measures to effectively contain the spread of transmission of virus. It emphasized on identification of warning signs of potential surges at an early stage to take appropriate measures to curb the spread.

States and Union Territories’ administrations are advised to take measures to avoid large gatherings during the coming festive season. It has also been advised to impose local restrictions to curb large gatherings. Emphasizing the need to continue focus on the five fold strategy-Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination and adherence to Covid Appropriate Behaviour, the Ministry advised the States and Union Territories to inoculate maximum number of eligible persons with COVID vaccine doses.

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