Highlights of the Omicron Coronavirus: India suspends international flights until January 31. More restrictions have been proposed by the Central government of India to the states, including night curfews in areas with a high Covid positive rate in the last two weeks. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated in a letter to Chief Secretaries/Administrators of all states/UTs that 27 districts in ten states/UTs that have reported high Covid positive rates in the last two weeks need to be properly watched.
“With the recent trend of sustained and overall decline in Covid-19 cases in the country, we are critically placed in our fight against the pandemic. Eight districts in three states have been reporting more than 10 per cent positivity rates in the past two weeks. As many as 19 districts in seven states and union territories (UTs) have been reporting positivity rates between 5 per cent and 10 per cent in the past two weeks. Thus, these 27 districts need to be monitored closely,” Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote in his letter to the states.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced on Thursday that planned international passenger flights will be stopped until January 31 in India. This comes only days after the Centre opted not to begin scheduled international flights on December 15, less than a week after announcing the date, amid growing worries over the new Covid-19 type, Omicron.
Meanwhile, the Union government instructed states and central territories on Thursday to maintain appropriate buffer stock of the eight important medications used in the clinical treatment of Covid-19, as well as to assess hospital readiness to deal with any probable rise in cases. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan urged state and UT health secretaries and NHM MDs to ensure that all health facilities have functional ventilators, PSA plants, and oxygen concentrators while reviewing public health preparedness for the Omicron variant and vaccination progress via video conference.
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