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MHA Orders Continuation of Covid Guidelines Until June 30; calls on states to focus on local braking strategy | India News


NEW DELHI: The Center on Thursday directed Union states and territories to continue current Covid-19 guidelines through June 30 and asked them to adopt intensive and local containment measures in districts with a high number of cases to control the spread of the deadly disease. .
In a new order, the Union Secretary of the Interior, Ajay Bhalla, said that the strict implementation of containment and other measures has led to a downward trend in the number of new and active cases, in all states and territories of the Union, excluding some areas in the southern and northeastern regions.
“I would like to highlight that despite the downward trend, the number of active cases today is still very high. Therefore, it is important that containment measures continue to be strictly enforced.
“Any relaxation on the part of the states and UT, can be considered at the appropriate moment, in a phased manner, after evaluating the local situation, the requirements and the resources,” said Bhalla in his order issued to the main secretaries of the states. and union territories.
He said the guidelines issued on April 29 for the month of May will continue until June 30.
In accordance with the guidelines, the Interior Ministry told states to take the necessary measures to ensure sufficient oxygen beds, ICU beds, ventilators, ambulances, including the creation of makeshift hospitals, oxygen, as needed, in addition to sufficient quarantine facilities.
However, the Interior Ministry did not mention anything about the imposition of the blockade in any part of the country in the new guidelines issued in light of the pandemic.
The new guidelines for the management of Covid-19 came amid a certain decrease in the daily count of coronavirus cases and improvements in the situation of availability of beds, ICU and oxygen in some parts of the country such as Delhi.
India’s Covid-19 infection count rose to 2,73,69,093 as 2,11,298 more people tested positive for the disease in one day, while the country’s recovery rose to 90 percent, according to the Ministry of Union Health Thursday.
The death toll from the disease rose to 3,15,235 and 3,847 new deaths were reported in a 24-hour span, data updated at 8 a.m. showed.

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