Centre writes to 5 States over rising Covid cases20 April 2022, 5:29 pm
The Union government has written to Haryana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and Mizoram regarding increasing Covid-19 positivity rate and cases in these States. Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan urged the five States to monitor clusters, intensify genome sequencing, and urged stricter vigil on the pandemic situation.
In his letter, Bhushan said, ‘there are a few states which are reporting a higher contribution to India’s cases and higher positivity. This ministry has advised following a risk-assessment based approach on allowing economic and social activities.’
The Centre has advised the States to continue the five-fold strategy of ‘test-track-treat-vaccination and adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour’, with particular emphasis on wearing masks in crowded places.
‘It is essential that state must maintain a strict watch and take preemptive action if required in any areas of concern to control any emerging spread of the infection,’ said Bhushan in the letter.
Bhushan pointed to the States’ ‘higher contribution to lndia’s cases and higher positivity’ and advised them to follow a risk assessment-based approach on the opening of economic and social activities without losing the gains made so far in the fight against pandemic.