Tribune News Service
New Delhi, April 25
Amid an alarming COVID 19 surge, the Centre on Sunday suggested stringent containment and lockdown measures in districts reporting both greater than 10 per cent positivity price over the final one week or greater than 60 per cent occupancy of beds supported by oxygen or in ICU.
Warning the states that the present infrastructure could not be capable of cope with the continuing surge, the Ministry of Health stated on Sunday that there was an pressing want for states to think about strict COVID administration and management measures in surge areas to interrupt the chain of transmission.
“Prompt and targeted action needs to be focused on specific districts, cities, areas to flatten the current curve of the epidemic which may be identified by states. Districts where test positivity has been more than 10 pc for the past week or bed (oxygen supported or ICU bed) occupancy has been over 60 pc must be considered for taking intensive action and local containment measures,” stated the Centre asking states to ban social, spiritual and political gatherings in areas of excessive surge. It additionally suggested closure of gyms, spas, eating places and non secular locations in such areas.
The Centre stated containment ought to deal with proscribing intermingling of individuals for 14 days to interrupt the chain of transmission.
“Classification of districts requiring intensive action and local containment is also to be undertaken by the state on a weekly basis and may be made available online, besides being given due publicity in the media,” Health Ministry stated including that areas requiring intensive motion and native containment will be cities, cities, components of the cities, district headquarters, semi-urban localities, municipal wards, panchayats.
Centre stated native containment should deal with three strategic areas of intervention, which embrace containment, medical administration and group engagement.