Narendra Modi to Chair Meeting on Covid Preparedness Today
The Indian Medical Association has also issued an advisory today regarding this situation.
NEW DELHI: Amidst the growing fears of an increasing number of Covid-positive cases in several countries of the world, the Prime Minister will take part in a meeting today, December 22.
The meeting follows the detection of the fourth case of the new variant of the virus, code-named BF.7 in his home state. Reports mention that this person recently returned from China, which is now overwhelmed by a rapid increase in infections and causing a scare in his native Bhavnagar region. The second case of the state was a lady who returned from the US in October. The remaining cases are reported from the state of Odisha.
The Union Health Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya also held a meeting on Wednesday regarding the preparedness of the states to handle a possible outbreak in the country. He stressed the need to remain alert and strengthen surveillance to avoid such a situation. Several political leaders including the PM were spotted wearing masks after a very long break.
Random testing for Covid has been resumed for the travellers coming to the country. Gujarat has made this test compulsory for all foreign passengers as well as Indians returning from abroad. Taj Mahal has become the first tourist destination in the country to reintroduce compulsory Covid testing for all tourists amidst the scare of a new outbreak.
The Indian Medical Association has also issued an advisory today regarding this situation. It calls to all the people in the country to follow Covid appropriate behaviour.
People have been advised to wear masks as well as take the booster shot against the illness. Although a huge majority of Indians took the first two doses, only about 27% of Indians took the booster dose.
The short incubation period as well as the high communicability, of the new variant, is the primary cause of the sudden and uncontrolled raise in the number of infections in China. As of now, no concrete measure has been implemented towards this direction in India. With Christmas and New Year just round the corner, people need to take appropriate steps to ensure their own safety.