NEW DELHI: The ministry of home affairs on Tuesday issued fresh guidelines in the wake of the Covid situation in India, asking states to strictly enforce the "test-track-treat" protocol and ensure Covid-appropriate behaviour to curb the spread of the virus.
The guidelines, which will remain in force from April 1 to April 30, comes at a time when the country is witnessing a steady increase in daily infections for the past few days.
"Keeping in view a fresh surge in Covid-19 cases, which is being witnessed in some parts of the country, the guidelines mandate the state/UT governments to strictly enforce the Test-Track-Treat protocol in all parts of the country, ensure observance of Covid-appropriate behaviour and to scale up the vaccination drive," the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry stressed that to ensure that resumption of various activities is successful, there is a need to strictly follow the containment strategy and observe the SOPs laid out by the Centre.
Here are the health ministry guidelines:
Covid-appropriate behaviorState/UT Governments shall take all necessary measures to promote Covid-19 appropriate behaviour in work places and in public, especially in crowded places. For strict enforcement of wearing of face masks, hand hygiene and social distancing, States and UTs may consider administrative actions, including imposition of appropriate fines. National Directives for Covid-19 Management shall continue to be followed throughout the country, so as to enforce Covid-19 appropriate behavior.
States and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may impose local restrictions, at district/ sub-district and city/ ward level, with a view to contain the spread of Covid-19.
No restriction on Inter-State and intra-State movement
There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.
Strict adherence to the prescribed SOPs
VaccinationGovernment of India has launched the world’s largest vaccination drive against Covid-19. While the vaccination drive is proceeding smoothly, the pace is uneven across different States and UTs; and, the slow pace of vaccination in some States/ UTs is a matter of concern. Vaccination against Covid-19, in the present scenario, is critical to break the chain of transmission. Therefore, all State/ UT Governments should rapidly step up the pace of vaccination, to cover all priority groups in an expeditious manner.