MHA asks states, UTs not to let their guard down

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Home Ministry on Monday issued an order to states and Union Territories asking them to ensure that Covid containment measures are implemented at District level as per government guidelines.

Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla also wrote a letter to the Chief Secretaries of all states, UTs and said the country has witnessed an overall decline in active cases, however new variant, Omicron, is reported to be three times more transmissible than the Delta version.

There are 578 cases of Omicron in India so far, he said.

The Home Ministry asked states and Union Territories to follow the normative framework provided by the Health Ministry advisory of December 21.

The advisory asks Districts to monitor the Covid cases, notify containment zones as required, monitor hospitals, and to increase testing and intensifying vaccination drives.

It also recommends imposition of containment measures if the positivity rate rises over 10 per cent for a week or hospitals have over 40 per cent occupancy of oxygen or ICU beds.

 

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The Home Ministry order asks District Magistrates to strictly follow the measures, and also recommends legal action against those who violate the rules.

India’s total tally of Omicron reached 578 on Monday, as the infection spread in the two more states Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

Out of the 578 cases reported so far, Delhi reported the maximum cases at 142, followed by Maharashtra 141 and Kerala with 5, said the Ministry data on Monday.

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