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