corona protocol extended: Center extends Covid-related restrictions till November 30: MHA extends national Covid-19 guidelines till November 30
The Center on Thursday extended the nationwide COVID-19 containment measures till November 30. There has been a local spread of the virus in some states. The disease remains a public health challenge in the country. In view of this, it has been decided to continue the Kovid protocol for now.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, in a letter to the Chief Secretaries of all the states and union territories, said that the existing protocols to contain the spread of Kovid-19 will continue till November 30.
He said last month that there are apprehensions that COVID-appropriate behavior may not be strictly followed, especially during festivals and hence it is important to implement the guidelines.
Bhalla had said that the number of daily cases and the total number of patients in the country has been steadily declining, but there has been a local spread of the virus in some states and COVID-19 remains a public health challenge in the country.
The Home Secretary said that the States and Union Territories should regularly closely monitor the number of case positivity, hospital, ICU patients of every district falling under their jurisdiction.
He said that State Governments and Union Territory Administrations should continue their vaccination programs so that vaccination of eligible age groups can be expedited and eligible beneficiaries can be given priority for second dose.
The Home Secretary urged the Chief Secretaries to issue directions to the district and all other concerned local authorities to take necessary measures as advised by the Union Health Ministry for speedy and effective management of COVID-19.
After 16,156 new cases of Kovid-19 were reported in India in a day, the number of corona virus infected in the country increased to 3,42,31,809. At the same time, the number of patients under treatment has come down to 1,60,989, which is the lowest in the last 243 days.
According to the updated data released by the Union Health Ministry at 8 am on Thursday, the death toll increased to 4,56,386 after 733 more people died due to infection. Kerala has increased the death toll by 622 after re-matching the death toll due to infection, out of which 93 people died in the state in the last 24 hours.
A press release issued by the Kerala government said that out of these 622 cases, there are 330 cases of death due to infection, which could not be confirmed till June 18 last year due to lack of sufficient documents. At the same time, 199 cases of death have been added to the cases of death from Kovid-19 based on the new guidelines of the Center and the Supreme Court.
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