GoI asks state, UT authorities to maintain strict vigil amid rise in COVID infections

Municipal Corporation workers sanitizing houses and shops in Srinagar. [FPK File Photo/Zainab]

New Delhi: Health Secretary of India Rajesh Bhushan on Saturday wrote to the chief secretaries or administrators of all the states and UTs, which have been reporting high COVID positivity rates over the past two weeks.

Bhushan, in the letter, said that there are 27 such districts across 10 states and UTs in the country that need to be “monitored very closely”.

The strategic containment interventions for the identified areas, in case there is an emergence of COVID clusters, would include night curfews, restriction on the gathering of people, congregation, and curtailing of attendees in marriages and funeral functions, reads the letter.

According to the GoI, India’s daily positivity rate, at 0.64%, has been less than 2% for the last 68 days. At 0.71%, the current weekly positivity rate in the country has remained less than 1% for the last 27 days.

Meanwhile, with the addition of one more case of the Omicron variant of COVID reported in Delhi, India’s Omicron case tally has risen to 33.

On Saturday, the country’s Health Ministry said that 7,992 COVID cases were reported in India in the last 24 hours. The death toll mounted to 4,75,128 with the addition of 393 fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.


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