Center Urges Citizens To Wear Masks And Follow Covid Rules
Delhi/Hyderabad, Dec 21 (Maxim News): The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has asked the people to follow Covid appropriate behavior including wearing masks in crowded places and getting vaccinated.
The random sample testing will be done at airports for international passengers arriving from China and other countries.
Noting that only 27-28 percent of India’s eligible population have taken the precautionary dose of Covid-19, NITI aayog member (Health) Dr. V.K. Paul, after the meeting, said people should take the vaccine and also wear masks in crowded places. Those with comorbidities and old should especially adhere to this.
During the meeting, it was highlighted that Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu are the top five states contributing in terms of new Covid cases even though there is a consistent decline in the overall Covid caseload in the country. These five states accounted for 84 percent of the daily new cases reported on December 20, 2022. It was also highlighted that no severity in cases was being seen so far. Secretary Pharma and Ayush were asked to keep stock of medicines that were used during Covid as a precautionary measure.
the Secretaries of Health, department of pharmaceuticals, department of biotechnology, Ayush, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Rajiv Bahl, and National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) chairman Dr. N.K. Arora was among those who attended the meeting.
The Union Health Ministry urged all states and Union territories to ramp up the whole genome sequencing of positive samples of Covid to keep track of emerging variants. In a letter to states and Union Territories, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had said such an exercise will enable timely detection of newer variants, if any, circulating in the country and will facilitate the undertaking of requisite public health measures. (Maxim News)
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