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COVID-19: Health Ministry Cautions States Regarding Upcoming Festivals

BP World Bureau | Oct 24 2021 09:06:19 AM
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NEW DELHI: Central government asked states and union territories to ensure that upcoming festivals are celebrated in a safe manner amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter that standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued last month for controlling increase in cases must be followed to prevent another outbreak.

Some of the mentioned instructions are;

  1. No mass gathering should be allowed in areas identified as containment zones.
  2. No gatherings in districts with over 5% COVID-19 test confirmation rates.
  3. Necessary directions should be issued in advance for practising caution.
  4. Gatherings should be closely monitored.
  5. Violations of COVID-appropriate behavior should be dealt with with necessary enforcement and penal actions.
  6. Ensure social distancing.
  7. Centre asked states and UTs to promote online modes of celebrations, online shopping to discourage unnecessary travel.

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"Inter-sectoral collaboration between health departments, law enforcement agencies, market and trade associations, civil society organizations, and community will be essential to curb any risk of a spike in COVID-19 trajectory," said Bhushan. 

Union health ministry reported that 15,906 cases of COVID-19 and 561 deaths due to the disease have been reported in 24 hours. 

There are 3,41,75,468 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 1,72,594 are active cases, 3,35,48,605 people recovered and 4,54,269 people died.