The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) directed all the States and Union Territories (UTs) to instruct their local and district administrations to immediately take preventive measures against the menace of Omicron variant based on their assessment of the situation. Taking evidence-based COVID-19 containment measures at the district and local level as laid down by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the MHA order mentions that the 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 ‘Order of even number’ dated the 27th December, 2021, the 21st December, 2021 shall ensure compliance. The standard framework for taking evidence-based COVID-19 prevention measures at the district and local level as laid down by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), will remain in force till February 28, 2022. The order mentions.
The order was issued after India recorded 2,86,384 new coronavirus infections, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to 40,371,500, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday.
As per the order, the containment measures have been extended till February 28.
“Due to the current COVID wave, the new edition, led by Omicron, has seen a steady increase in the number of COVID cases in the country and the active cases to over 22 lakhs. Although most of the active cases are recovering faster and more With low percentage of cases being in hospitals, it is still a matter of concern that 407 districts across 34 states and union territories are reporting positivity rates of more than 10 per cent,” the order said.
Therefore, in view of the prevailing trends of COVID virus, caution and vigilance are required, the order said.
Against this background, the order issued by Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said, “I would like to reiterate that all states/UTs should follow all precautions and not let the guard down”.
“Based on the standard framework outlined in the MoHFW as on December 21, 2021 and the assessment of the situation, the local/district administration should continue to take prompt and appropriate containment measures.”
The order directs the enforcement and lifting of “local restrictions or restrictions dynamically and based on the status of positivity and hospitalization at the local level”.
It also called for emphasizing that there should be a sustained focus on the five-fold strategy- test-track-treat-vaccination and adherence to COVID appropriate behaviour.
“State enforcement machinery should strictly enforce the norms of COVID appropriate behavior – wearing of face masks and maintaining safe social distancing in all public areas/gatherings,” the order further reads.
Further, States and Union Territories are advised to conduct regular media briefings to disseminate correct information and discourage any misinformation on new forms of concern.
It is also urged to issue necessary instructions to the districts and all other local authorities to take necessary measures for speedy and effective management of COVID-19, strictly complying with the various advisories issued by MoHFW on new VOCs and containment of COVID-19. strictly enforce. Behaviour. (ANI)
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First Published:January 27, 2022, 7:31 pm