Once again, India is getting ready to fight all the possibilities of the fourth wave of COVID-19. Considering the alarming reports of the infection in China and a few other countries, the COVID advisory has been revised for people, asking them to maintain social distancing, wear masks, and get vaccinated and random tests at the airport for International passengers will begin.
International passengers will be randomly tested on arrival
At the end of November 2022, after reconsidering travel advisories then, the random testing of International passengers at the airports had stopped. Before that, only 2% of International passengers were casually tested at the time of their arrival. Now, the system of testing the passengers will be resuming yet again. Along with analysing the situation with authorities and experts, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday (December 21, 2022), also advised authorities to “be alert and strengthen surveillance.”
In view of the rising cases of #Covid19 in some countries, reviewed the situation with experts and officials today.
COVID is not over yet. I have directed all concerned to be alert and strengthen surveillance.
We are prepared to manage any situation. pic.twitter.com/DNEj2PmE2W
— Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) December 21, 2022
COVID-19 advisory update: Daily positive cases will be tracked via INSACOG
The Union Health Secretary of India Sri Rajesh Bhushan circulated a notice to all states and union territories to gear up genome sequencing as the sudden growth in COVID cases in countries like the Republic of Korea, China, Japan, Brazil, and the United States of America, show the possibility of an emerging fourth wave of COVID-19. In a tweet shared by ANI, the Union Health Secretary shared – “ln view of the sudden spurt of cases being witnessed in Japan, the USA, Korea, Brazil & China, it’s essential to gear up whole genome sequencing of positive case samples to track variants through Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) network.”
ln view of sudden spurt of cases being witnessed in Japan,USA,Korea,Brazil & China, it’s essential to gear up whole genome sequencing of positive case samples to track variants through Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium(INSACOG)network, writes Union Health Secy to States & UTs pic.twitter.com/k7rxW6Qoin
— ANI (@ANI) December 20, 2022
These Indian states were accountable for 84% of the regular COVID-19 cases reported on December 20
The notice further read that India has been following the five-fold strategy which is the test-track-treat-vaccination. Obediently abiding by the COVID Appropriate Behaviour proved to be highly beneficial in limiting the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. It also mentioned that the Public Health Challenge of COVID-19 continues to exist all across the world and close to thirty-five lakh cases are reported weekly.
Presently, with the revised advisory, the Health Secretary has urged all states to make sure to keep a track of all positive cases on a daily basis, as much as possible. During the official meeting, it was brought to notice that Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Karnataka are the top states that were held for 84% of the regular new cases reported on December 20, 2022, as per a published article by The Indian Express.
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