Centre directed states and UTswith 578 Omicron cases detected across 19 states so far, to consider the implementation of the normative framework conveyed in the Health Ministry advisory on December 21. In a letter to state chief secretaries, it asked states to take suitable measures for effective Covid-19 management.
According to the National Directives for Covid-19 management, work from home should be followed as far as possible. It also asks for staggered working hours at business establishments, shops, markets, etc.
The growth trajectory of cases has been very steep in the countries with Omicron-driven surge, the home secretary drew the attention of states and UT administrations to PM Modi’s directions after a review of the status of Covid on December 23, asking people to be ‘satark’ and ‘savdhaan’.
“As per his directions, it is important to maintain a high level of vigil and alertness at all levels. State governments should ensure that the health systems in the states are strengthened to meet any challenge posed by the new variant. Further, the state governments/UT administrations should ensure that oxygen supply equipment are installed and are fully functional and the buffer stock of essential drugs should also be maintained,” home secretary Ajay Bhalla said.
Source: Business Standard, The Times of India