As more cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus have been reported in the country, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has directed states to keep a close eye on the Covid-19 situation.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to state governors urging them to concentrate on district-level measures to keep clusters of new positive Covid cases under control.
According to Bhushan’s letter, the Centre has identified eight districts in three states — Kerala, Mizoram, and Sikkim — reporting favourable rates of more than 10% for the past two weeks have been notified.
Furthermore, in the last two weeks, 19 districts across seven states and Union Territories have reported positivity rates ranging between 5 per cent and 10 per cent, according to the official.
Omicron variant cases are rising Centre keeps close eye on the Covid-19 situation
According to Bhushan, “if any district reports an increase in cases or a rise in positivity rates, intensive action and local containment, in accordance with the containment framework, must be initiated.”
State health officials have been urged to increase testing and surveillance and ensure that Covid standards are strictly followed at all times and in all environments.
According to data released by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday, India had reported 7,992 new Covid-19 cases, with 393 deaths resulting from the virus. The number of Omicron cases in the country increased to 33 after Delhi confirmed the presence of a mutated variant of the virus.