NEW DELHI: Asking all states and Union territories to stick to the five-fold strategy of Covid-appropriate behaviour, test-track-treat and vaccination while easing restrictions imposed in view of 2nd Covid wave, the Centre on Saturday said any rise in cases should be tracked and contained at the micro-level itself with local containment measures.
“Regular monitoring of Covid appropriate behaviour is required to prevent relapse….However, easing of restrictions in some states has led to resumption of crowding of people in markets etc. without adherence to the norms of Covid-appropriate behaviour. It is, therefore essential to ensure that complacency does not set in, and there is no let-up in adhering to Covid appropriate behaviour, while opening up activities,” home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla said in a letter send to all state chief secretaries and UT administrators.
While noting that relaxation of curbs and opening of normal activities was essential in the wake of decline in cases, Bhalla said the whole process must be carefully calibrated.
Emphasising on carrying forward the test-track-treat strategy to contain the spread of infection on a sustainable basis, the home ministry asked the states to ensure that testing rates are kept up. “As the situation is dynamic, a close watch needs to be kept on early signs of a surge in active cases or high positivity rates. A system should be in place at the micro-level to ensure that whenever cases rise in a smaller place, it gets checked there itself, through local containment measures as per the existing guidelines issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,” said Bhalla.
Adding that vaccination against Covid-19 was critical to breaking the chain of transmission, the Centre directed the state and UT governments to step up the pace of vaccination, covering the maximum number of people in an expeditious manner.
The home secretary urged the states/UTs to issue directions to district and all other authorities concerned, to keep a close watch on the situation, as activities are opened in a cautious manner, and to scrupulously ensure that there is no complacency in adhering to Covid appropriate behaviour and in the test-track-treat-vaccinate policy.