Government Extends Guidelines On COVID-19 Surveillance Till March 31

The Central government has advised the States/Union Territories to speed up the vaccination of the target population so as to break the chain of transmission and overcome the pandemic.

In the midst of a spike in new infections in the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday,issued an order today to extend the current surveillance, containment and caution guidelines to remain in force until 31 March.

In order to break the chain of transmission and resolve the pandemic, the Central Government has urged the States/Union Territories to speed up vaccination of the target population.

MHA extends existing Covid surveillance, containment and caution

“Containment zones continue to be carefully demarcated; strictly followed containment measures prescribed within these zones; encouraged and strictly enforced Covid-appropriate behaviour; and scrupulously followed the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) prescribed in respect of different approved activities,” according to existing Covid guidelines from MHA.

‘Therefore, as envisaged in the Guidelines released on 27 January, the concentrated approach on control, containment and strict observance of the Guidelines/SOPs must be strictly implemented by the States and the Union Territories,’ it added.

For the second consecutive day, with more than 16,000 new infections, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the nation has reached 1,10,63,491, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said earlier today.

According to the health ministry’s latest update, a total of 16,577 infections were recorded in a day, while the death toll rose to 1,56,825 with 120 new fatalities. According to the report, the number of active cases increased to 1,55,986, accounting for 1.41 per cent of the total infections.

As per the Health Ministry, a total of 1,34,72,643 people in the country have been vaccinated against the virus. The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16, 2021. The vaccination of the frontline workers started on February 2.

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