New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In the wake of rising COVID cases, the Union Home Secretary on Thursday wrote to all states and UTs and asked to issue necessary directions to authorities concerned for effective management of the disease.
"All States/UTs must observe all precautions¬ let the guard down," Ajay Kumar Bhalla, the Home Secretary wrote.
Taking evidence-based COVID-19 containment measures at the district and local level, as conveyed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the MHA order mentioned that COVID restrictions "will remain in force till February 28, 2022."
"In exercise of the powers, conferred under Section 10(2)(1) of the Disaster Management Act 2005, the undersigned hereby directs that the Order of the Ministry of Home Affairs' of even number dated December 27, 2021, to ensure compliance to the normative framework for taking evidence-based COVID-19 containment measures at district and local level, as conveyed vide Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) dated December 21, 2021, will remain in force upto February 28, 2022," the order mentioned.
The order was issued when India logged 2,86,384 new coronavirus infections, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 40,371,500 according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
In wake of rising COVID cases, Union Home Secretary writes to chief secretaries all States/UTs, asking to issues necessary directions to authorities concerned for effective management of the disease— ANI (@ANI) January 27, 2022
"All States/UTs must observe all precautions¬ let the guard down,"he writes pic.twitter.com/2sXdPEbWUw
As per the order, containment measures have been extended up to February 28.
"Due to the current COVID wave, led by the new variant, Omicron, there has been a steady increase in the number of COVID cases in the country and the active cases have increased to over 22 lakhs. Though a majority of active cases are recovering fast and a low percentage of cases are in hospitals, it is still a matter of concern that 407 districts in 34 States and UTs are reporting a positivity rate of more than 10 per cent," the order said.
Therefore, looking at the current trends of the COVID virus, the order said, there is a need to exercise caution and vigilance.
Against this background, the order issued by Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said "I would like to reiterate that all the states/UTs must observe all precautions and not let the guard down".
Due to hold regular media briefings to disseminate the right information and to discourage any misinformation on new variants of concern.
It is also urged to issue necessary directions to the districts and all other local authorities concerned to take necessary measures for prompt and effective management of COVID-19, strict compliance with various advisories issued by the MoHFW on the new VOC and strict enforcement of COVID Appropriate Behaviour.
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