BY DEBAJYOTI CHAKRABORTY
NEW DELHI | KOLKATA , 21 DECEMBER 2022
The central government has issued advisories to the states that in wake of the rising covid cases in China, masks should be worn in crowded places.
Today a high level meeting was held in this regard in which the Niti Ayog health officials briefed the union health minister, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya about the current situation in the country and in the world.
Pictures and video clips which went viral from China have been disturbing where the situation is getting worsensed day by day. Also In countries like Japan, USA, Brazil and South Korea, and European nations like UK, France, Denmark, Germany the number of active covid cases are rising according to the WHO data. Already three cases of covid variant which has been driving the massive surge in China have been detected in India.
“In view of the rising cases of #Covid19 in some countries, I 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,” tweeted union health minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya today.
Briefing the media after the high level meeting was over, Dr. V.K.Paul, member health of Niti Ayog said that only 27 to 28 percent people have taken precaution doses and we appeal to all senior citizens to take precautionary doses. People, especially elderly people should use masks in crowded places both indoors and outdoors,”Dr. V.K.Paul added
The others who have attended today’s meeting included, Dr. N.K.Arora, chairman of National Technical Advisory Group, Rajeev Behel, DG of Indian Council of Medical Research, secretary of biotechnology department, Rajesh Gokhale, Director General of Health Department , Dr. Atul Goel etc.
On Wednesday, the chief minister of West Bengal, Miss Mamata Banerjee has set up a high level covid surveillance committee led by health secretary, Mr. Narayan Swarup Nigam.
Talking to The Travel and Tourism Times, Mr. Anil Punjabi, Chairman ( East) of Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) said that this is a precautionary measures especially at crowded places.
” If we do this the covid cases will be curbed and there is no need to worry. India should test all passengers coming from infected countries and if required they should be put into a quarantine period,” Mr. Anil Punjabi added.
Though it is not mandatory to wear masks, people are advised to wear masks.
So far there have been no directives to the domestic or international aviation sectors from the central government and only the existing rules will apply till further orders.
The situation in India is under control and no reason to panic as covid cases are decreasing, the centre said.
With the aviation sector, travel and tourism and hospitality sectors have already recovered from the two year hiatus of covid -19 outbreak and restoring back to normalcy the recent spurt in cases in China have been a major concern for all.
The covid -19 pandemic first broke out in Wuhan province in China and spread rapidly to Europe and other continents later mainly through international passengers.
In view of the rising cases of #Covid19 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. pic.twitter.com/DNEj2PmE2W
— Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) December 21, 2022