As the government of India speeds up its efforts to combat the spread of the Covid virus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has advised citizens to begin donning masks once more.
In response to an increase in reported incidents in China, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened a review meeting on Thursday.
The prime minister made a plea for additional testing and urged people to act in a manner that is consistent with COVID.
Following a decline in the number of cases of COVID, India eased some of its restrictions earlier this year, including the need that people to wear masks.
The nation was struck by two waves of fatal illness in the years 2020 and 2022. The government was severely criticised for its response to the second wave, which occurred in the summer of 2021 and resulted in the deaths of thousands of people due to a lack of oxygen supplies and essential medications.
During the meeting that took place on Thursday, Mr. Modi requested that the states guarantee that the hospital infrastructure is operationally ready, including a robust supply of oxygen cylinders and ventilators.
Although there was no cause for alarm, the prime minister warned against falling into a state of complacency and advised the population to take all appropriate safety measures.
There are only approximately 3,400 active coronavirus cases in India at this time, according to data provided by the government, but news of the spike in cases in China have inspired a sense of anxiety in a lot of people.
During the course of the previous few months, India has recorded four instances of Covid-19 caused by BF.7, the Omicron subvariant that has been connected to an increase in cases in China.
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The cases were found in July, September, and November, respectively, and according to the health officials, the patients have recovered. Three of the cases were found in the state of Gujarat, and the other case was found in the state of Odisha.
According to the opinions of a number of knowledgeable individuals, India has no cause for alarm.
Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, has given his constituents the reassurance that there has been no confirmed instance of the Covid variant in the nation’s capital.
In the Indian state of Karnataka, located in the southwestern region of the country, the government has mandated the use of Covid19 India testing for residents who are experiencing flu-like symptoms and has suggested that mask use may soon be required in enclosed areas.
Those in charge of public health have urged members of the general public to be vaccinated and receive booster shots. There have been almost 2.2 billion doses of the Covid vaccine given out so far in the country, but only 27% of the population has received the booster dose, which India refers to as a “precaution dose” so far.
According to the administration, there are currently no measures in place to prevent flights from countries in which new cases have been reported. However, the government has resumed testing overseas passengers on a random basis at the country’s airports.
Even while the number of cases is growing in China, India’s Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told the Indian Parliament on Thursday that the number of cases in India is “decreasing.” He also mentioned that the Ministry was keeping a close eye on any new mutations and was recommending that states conduct more genome sequencing.
In addition, the government discredited a hoax letter that had been circulating on WhatsApp regarding a subvariant of the Omicron strain by posting it on Twitter.
In the early part of this week, the federal government requested that the states provide lab samples from all patients who tested positive for Covid19 India to labs that are managed by a health ministry panel in India that monitors different strains of Covid.
During the upcoming holiday season, Mr. Mandaviya requested that states encourage individuals to adhere to norms regarding social separation as well as other rules. The chief ministers of a number of states have been conducting an assessment of their readiness to combat illnesses should the need arise.