MHA extends Covid-19 guidelines till March 31, states told to maintain caution
On Friday, the ministry of home affairs extended the Covid-19 guidelines till March 31. This step was taken by the ministry after reviewing the surge in daily cases of coronavirus. Home secretary Ajay Bhalla has now written to states and Union territories to exercise caution and ensure strict surveillance.
The home ministry said in a statement, “While there has been a substantial decline in the active and new COVID-19 cases, there is need to maintain surveillance, containment and caution so as to fully overcome the pandemic.”
The state and union territories were advised to speed up the vaccination of the target population against the coronavirus, so that the chain of transmission can be broken.
The ministry underscored that the states need to ensure that containment zones continue to be demarcated carefully. Moreover the prescribed containment measures should be strictly followed within these zones. Covid-19-appropriate behaviour must be promoted and enforced. The ministry emphasised that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) prescribed in respect of various permitted activities must be followed scrupulously.
This development came after many states witnessed a rise in the cases of the contagious disease. Maharashtra and Kerala have pushed India’s Covid tally past 11.06 million. Though a substantial decline was noticed earlier, but the share of active cases has again gone up marginally to 1.41%. The active cases are at 155,986.
On Friday, Maharashtra recorded the highest daily new cases at 8333 followed by Kerala with 3,671. Punjab reported 628 new cases while Karnataka had 571 cases. Tamil Nadu and Gujarat were next in line with 481 and 460 cases respectively.
The union ministry of health and family welfare informed that the 86% of the new cases are being reported from only six states.
Currently the nation’s total positive cases are at 11,063,491 while 156,825 people have lost their lives. Approximately 10,750,680 people have recovered from the disease.