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breaking news Government Extends Containment Measures Until Dec. 31 Amid Global Concerns


On Tuesday, the Center extended COVID-19 containment measures nationwide until December 31 in light of the emergence of a highly mutant COVID-19 variant Omicron in some countries and called on states to be vigilant. In a communication, the Union Secretary of the Interior, Ajay Bhalla, also called on states and UT to strictly adhere to the November 25 warning issued by the Union Ministry of Health, recommending rigorous examinations and tests of all international arrivals.

Bhalla also said that international travelers’ contacts should be closely monitored and evaluated according to health ministry guidelines, and samples from travelers who test positive should be sent to designated Genome Sequencing Laboratories promptly, according to the Consortium. of SARS-CoV-2 Genomics from India. (INSACOG) Guidance document. He said that state surveillance officers must also establish close coordination with their designated or labeled genome sequencing laboratories to expedite the results of genomic analysis, and states and UT must immediately take the necessary public health measures, should the presence of variants of concern.

Accordingly, the Home Secretary ordered that the existing “Quick and Effective Containment Measures for COVID-19” must continue until December 31. Also on Tuesday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan held a review meeting with states and UT and recommended that they increase testing for early identification and case management.

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While stressing that the new variant does not escape RT-PCR and RAT tests, Bhushan called on states and UT to ensure adequate infrastructure and supervised home isolation, according to a health ministry.
India recorded 6,990 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 551 days, bringing the country’s total COVID-19 case count to 3.45,87,822, while active cases have dropped to 1,00,543, the most low by 546 days, according to the Union Ministry of Health data was updated on Tuesday.

The death toll rose to 4,68,980 with 190 recent deaths, according to the data.

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First published: IST

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