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Worried by Covid clusters, govt asks states to heighten vigil

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Worried by Covid clusters, govt asks states to heighten vigil
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Worried by Covid clusters, govt asks states to heighten vigil
Worried by Covid clusters, govt asks states to heighten vigil

NEW DELHI: Cautioning that a few clusters of Covid-19 infection have been reported from some places in the country, the Centre on Friday asked states and UTs to increase active surveillance and timely testing to detect such clusters and hotspots. In a letter to all states and UTs, health secretary Rajesh Bhushan asked all states to immediately act upon any uptick in cases and positivity.
“Keep actively following up the number of cases, rate of testing and positivity district wise in all districts. Any uptick in cases and positivity must be immediately taken cognisance of and addressed through public health measures such as contact tracing, quarantining of contacts, isolation of those found positive and ensuring proper containment,” Bhushan said.
The health ministry also asked states to send samples of all those who test positive for whole genome sequencing only to laboratories tagged to each state or UT in the INSACOG network. “Put in place a system to ensure that sample quality is good and transportation to INSACOG labs is quick. As already intimated, ideally no samples should be sent to any lab which is not part of the INSACOG network,” Bhushan said in the letter.

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