Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to five states and union territories (UTs) on Friday, expressing concern about their higher contribution to India’s Covid-19 cases and urging them to keep a close eye on the situation and take proactive measures in areas where there are concerns.
Bhushan emphasised the considerable drop in the country’s daily case count and urged officials in Kerala, Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana, and Mizoram to continue monitoring the spread of the virus and take the required steps to control Covid-19 quickly and effectively.
The health secretary went on to say that in order to contain the rising number of cases, they must implement a five-step plan of “test, track, treat, vaccine, and adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour.”
“It is critical that the state keep a close eye on any areas of concern and take preemptive measures if necessary to prevent the spread of infection. Testing and surveillance are still necessary for tracking the virus’s transmission and evolution “According to the letter,
According to the report, 814 and 416 new cases were reported in Mizoram and Haryana, respectively, last week. In the meantime, Kerala recorded 2,321 new illnesses last week, with Maharashtra and Delhi each reporting 794 and 826 cases.
India recorded 1,109 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, making it the third day in a row that the country has had over 1,000 infections.
The letter from the Centre follows the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions by several states, including Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana, and Kerala. The mask mandate has been repealed in Maharashtra and Haryana, and there are no longer any fines for not wearing one in public in Delhi. The mask requirement, however, remains in Kerala.