Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan in a letter addressed to the chief secretary of all of the states and Union territories stated, “…efficient implementation of “Test Track and Treat” remains the only proven strategy for control of the transmission. Each district, irrespective of whether it is seeing a surge right now, or is with a current low burden,
should make a District Action Plan with clear timelines and responsibilities.”
Bhushan’s letter additional elaborated that the stated motion plan shall embrace – Mapping of instances, reviewing sub-area clever indicators, reviewing the geographical unfold of the an infection on a day after day foundation and establishing of Emergency Operations Centre.
Apart from the Action plan, the well being secretary recommended that Individual actions akin to the correct carrying of masks protecting nostril and mouth, sustaining a distance of 6 toes from others, and sanitizing one’s palms ceaselessly shall be checked and enforced.
It added that Public Health measures to comprise the virus by quarantining and testing people suspected to be optimistic together with shut contacts of optimistic individuals (a minimum of 25 to 30 such contacts per optimistic individual) shall be carried out in each state.
In the letter, Bhushan stated, “After having successfully brought down the number of new Covid-19 cases from mid-September 2020 to February 2021, India is now witnessing a rapid rise in cases. You have been leading the effort of Covid Pandemic management with your teams so far.
The current rise in cases is of concern and has the potential of overwhelming health care systems, unless checked right now.”
He added that many districts within the nation are seeing clusters of instances rising due to particular occasions and/or locations the place crowding occurs, or the place numerous persons are in shut bodily contact coupled with an absence of Covid acceptable behaviour.
“Some districts that saw a high number of cases in August-November are again seeing a high growth rate of cases. In addition, a number of new districts that saw a limited prevalence earlier, are worrying, showing a surge in Covid cases,” the letter stated.
“States, UTs and districts that have current low levels of cases, however, cannot be complacent. Lack of Covid appropriate behaviours and laxity in public health effort can lead to sudden surges. If immediate, proactive and focused action is taken by your teams right now, it will be possible to ensure that the infection does not spread into currently low prevalence districts,” the well being secretary’s letter stated.