COVID Meeting, Urges Wearing Masks in Crowded Places


The Union Health Minister of India, Mansukh Mandaviya, recently held a meeting to review the current COVID-19 situation in the country due to a sudden increase in cases in certain parts of the world. Officials from various departments, including health, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and the Indian Council of Medical Research, were in attendance.

“In view of the rising cases of Covid-19 in some countries, reviewed the situation with experts and officials today. Covid is not over yet. I have directed all concerned to be alert and strengthen surveillance. We are prepared to manage any situation,” Mandaviya said in a tweet.

The minister also instructed officials to be alert and increase surveillance. In response to the rise in cases in various countries, including the United States, Japan, and China, the Union Health Ministry has requested that all states and Union territories in India ramp up whole genome sequencing of positive COVID-19 samples to track emerging variants. NITI Aayog member Dr. VK Paul encouraged all Indians to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and to wear masks in crowded places, especially for those with underlying health conditions or who are older. There have been no changes to aviation policies at this time.

“Only 27-28 per cent of people have taken precaution dose. We appeal to others, especially senior citizens, to take precaution dose. Precaution dose is mandated and guided to everyone.” he said.

“Use a mask if you are in a crowded space, indoors or outdoors. This is all the more important for people with comorbidities or are of higher age,” Paul said after the meeting chaired by the health minister.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *