Along with the relaxation of the Corona lockdown and restrictions, the central government has once again warned against the overcrowding of people at hill stations and other tourist places and the gross disregard for the protocol. The government has said that the second wave of the corona has not yet gone and such carelessness is a direct call to the epidemic.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, while reviewing the steps taken by the state governments to prevent the spread of coronavirus in hill stations and tourist places, cautioned the states as well as the people. In the meeting, the situation of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Bengal, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu Corona and the overall status of vaccination were discussed in detail.
It was informed in the meeting that the second wave is weakening in various states and union territories and the overall infection rate is also falling, but infection is still in many districts of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Bengal. The rate remains above 10%.
Expressing serious concern over media reports regarding violation of Corona protocol at hill stations, Bhalla said that states should strictly implement preventive measures like wearing of masks and maintaining physical distance.
States should adopt a five-tier strategy
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, it has been said that in the meeting, the states were asked to adopt a five-pronged strategy. These include testing, identification of those who came in contact with the infected, treatment, vaccination, and following the rules of prevention from corona. The ministry had also issued an order in this regard on June 29.
Emphasis on strengthening health infrastructure
The meeting assessed the status of health facilities in rural, suburban areas and tribal areas. Health infrastructure in these areas was asked to be fully prepared to deal with the possible wave of the epidemic.
who attended the meeting
Several senior officials of the Center and the state were present in the meeting with the Union Home Secretary. This includes NITI Aayog member (health) VK Pal, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) director general Balram Bhargava and chief secretaries and director generals of police of eight states.