Govt asks states to review, amend additional Covid restrictions

India

oi-Prakash KL

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New
Delhi,
Feb
16:

The
Centre
has
asked
states
and
union
territories
to
review,
amend
or
do
away
with
additional
COVID-19
restrictions
after
considering
the
trend
of
new
cases
and
positivity
rate
in
their
regions,
stating
sustained
downward
trend
in
the
nationwide
case
trajectory.
In
a
letter
to
sent
to
chief
secretaries
and
chief
administrators
of
all
states
and
UTs
on
Tuesday,
Union
Health
Secretary
Rajesh
Bhushan
said
the
coronavirus
pandemic
in
India
is
showing
a
sustained
declining
trend
since
January
21.

Govt asks states to review, amend additional Covid restrictions

The
average
daily
cases
during
last
week
were
50,476,
and
27,409
new
cases
were
reported
in
the
last
24
hours.
The
daily
case
positivity
rate
declined
to
3.63
per
cent
on
Tuesday.
In
earlier
months,
in
view
of
the
high
case
trajectory,
certain
states
had
imposed
additional
restrictions
at
their
borders
and
at
airports,
he
said.
While
effectively
managing
the
public
health
challenge
of
COVID-19,
it
is
equally
important
that
movement
of
people
and
economic
activities
should
not
be
hampered
by
additional
restrictions
imposed
at
state-level
points
of
entries,
Bhushan
said
in
the
letter.

“Presently,
as
the
case
trajectory
across
the
nation
is
showing
a
sustained
downward
trend,
it
will
be
useful
if
states/UTs
review
and
amend/do
away
with
the
additional
restrictions
so
imposed
after
considering
the
trend
of
new
cases,
active
cases
and
positivity
within
the
state
and
UT,”
he
said.
With
the
changing
epidemiology
of
the
pandemic
globally
and
in
India,
existing
guidelines
aimed
at
minimising
the
transmission
and
circulation
of
the
virus
have
been
reviewed
and
updated.
The
Union
Ministry
of
Health
accordingly
revised
its
guidelines
for
international
arrivals
on
February
10,
he
stated.

Bhushan
underlined
that
states
and
UTs
must
also
continue
monitoring
the
trajectory
of
cases
and
spread
of
infection
on
a
daily
basis.
They
may
also
follow
the
broad
five-fold
strategy
of
Test
Track-Treat-Vaccination
and
adherence
to
Covid-appropriate
behaviour.
“I’m
sure
that
under
your
continued
leadership
the
state
and
UT
will
continue
to
address
the
challenge
of
COVID-19
while
minimizing
its
impact
on
lives
and
livelihood
of
the
people,”
Bhushan
said
in
the
letter.
PTI

Story first published: Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 18:20 [IST]

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