New Delhi: The Centre has requested states and Union territories to make sure that folks collaborating in mass gatherings and enterprise pilgrimage are asymptomatic and ideally absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19.
In a letter to states and UTs on Tuesday, Union Well being Secretary Rajesh Bhushan mentioned mass gatherings in context of assorted festivities in addition to yatras are prone to be held in numerous components of the nation within the coming months, and that such congregations might probably facilitate transmission of infectious ailments, together with COVID-19.
Whereas the trajectory of COVID-19 circumstances has declined considerably from ranges that have been noticed in earlier a part of this 12 months, a couple of states and UTs throughout the nation are witnessing a sustained upswing within the circumstances presently.
“Throughout many such occasions/yatras lakhs of people undertake intra- and inter-state journey spanning tons of of kilometres with halting factors organized by volunteers and community-based social/non secular organisations. Such congregations might probably facilitate transmission of infectious ailments, together with COVID-19,” Bhushan mentioned.
“All states and UTs the place such mass gatherings/yatras are proposed to be held ought to broadly publicise that each one people planning to take part in such gatherings/occasions are asymptomatic and ideally absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19. If want be a particular drive for major vaccination and precaution dose administration to all eligible folks could also be taken by the administration a minimum of a fortnight prematurely for these planning to affix,” he mentioned within the letter.
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