Focus on test-track-treat strategy; Follow Covid rules, vaccinate: Centre tells states as unlocking begins
New Delhi, June 19: As India begins unlock process, the central government has written to states, asking them to ensure that there is no complacency in adhering to Covid appropriate behaviour and in the test-track-treat-vaccination strategy.
In a communication to all states and Union Territories (UTs), Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhallasaid that during the second Covid wave, a significant surge in cases was witnessed in several states and UTs, and many of them imposed restrictions in order to contain the spread of the infection.
"With a decline in the number of active cases, many states and UTs have started relaxing restrictions. I would like to highlight that the decision to impose or ease restrictions has to be taken, based on the assessment of the situation at the ground level," he said.
To reiterate, Covid-19 appropriate behaviour includes the mandatory use of masks, hand hygiene, social distancing, and also proper ventilation of closed spaces. Regular monitoring of these protocols is required to prevent a relapse of the Covid-19 situation in the country.
"However, the easing of restrictions in some states have led to the resumption of crowding of people in markets etc. without adherence to the norms of Covid-19 appropriate behaviour. It is, therefore essential to ensure that complacency does not set in, and there is no let-up in adhering to Covid-19 appropriate behaviour while opening up activities," the letter added.
"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," the letter further added.
Highlighting that vaccination is essential to break the chain of transmission, the letter said, "all states and UT governments should step up the pace of vaccination, to cover the maximum number of people in an expeditious manner."