‘Increased testing, stress on using masks’: States step up vigil amid global Covid surge | India News

NEW DELHI: With coronavirus cases skyrocketing in countries like China, the United States and Japan, the Center on Thursday recommended increased surveillance and directed all states to review preparations for Covid.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting in which he warned people not to be complacent and urged people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.
Here’s a look at the new guidelines different states have issued to prevent the spread of Covid
Amid fears of Covid spreading again, the premier of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the government is ready to deal with the situation if Covid spreads again.
Meanwhile, in a similar view – the scope of testing has been expanded and people with SARS and respiratory problems are being required to be tested by RT-PCR.
He added that 8,000 beds are ready for patients, and the bed capacity can be increased to 36,000 if there is demand.
The government of Maharashtra has decided to conduct heat checks on 2% of international arrivals to the state from Monday.
It has also decided to advise children and the elderly to wear masks, avoid crowded places and maintain social distancing of 5-10 feet according to previous standards.
The government of Karnataka has announced that it will make face masks mandatory indoors and also in public gatherings.
And, at least two percent of international passengers arriving in Karnataka will be randomly screened at airports in the state.
The Government of Rajasthan has directed the medical and health chiefs of all districts to begin screening Covid samples for genome sequencing to detect the novel BF.7 sub-variant of the coronavirus. omicron stress.
They have also been asked to identify high-risk groups amid spikes in Covid cases in some parts of the world.
Uttar Pradesh
Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath also reviewed the Covid situation at the state high-level meeting. Adityanath has directed officials to track the novel coronavirus variant and ramp up testing.
In addition, he asked officials to conduct genome sequencing of new Covid cases and instructed them to spread awareness about wearing masks in public places such as hospitals, buses, train stations and public places. market.
“There is a possibility that the number of new cases will increase in the coming days, so we must be very vigilant. This is not the time to panic, but to be alert and careful,” he said.
West Bengal
Prime minister Mamata Banerjee says West Bengal government will not be planning any restrictions for Christmas mela Gangasagar in view of the new Covid-19 variant, as it has not been detected in the state.
The Punjab government has asked its officials to also boost the number of Covid tests to 10,000 in the state, amid a spike in the number of cases in other countries.
Meanwhile, Premier Bhagwant Mann said guidelines have also been issued to all civilian surgeons in the state to ensure that samples of all positive cases are sent for analysis. genome sequence.
(With input from agencies)


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