New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on February 26 directed all the states to speed up the Covid-19 vaccination drive and extend the existing Coronavirus guidelines for surveillance, containment, and caution till March 31.
“While there has been a substantial decline in the active and new Covid-19 cases, there is a need to maintain surveillance, containment, and caution so as to fully overcome the pandemic. States/Union Territories have also been advised to speed up the vaccination of the target population so as to break the chain of transmission and overcome the pandemic,” the MHA statement read.
The home ministry has also said that the focus should be on surveillance, containment, and strict observance of the guidelines/SOPs, as directed in the guidelines issued on January 27, 2021, needs to be enforced strictly by States and Union Territories.
In view of rising corona cases, ministry has also advised taking strict containment measures followed within the containment zones.
As per the Covid-19 guidelines, containment zones continue to be demarcated carefully; prescribed containment measures strictly followed within these zones; Covid appropriate behaviour promoted and strictly enforced, and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) prescribed in respect of various permitted activities followed scrupulously, it added.
As per fresh Covid tally in India, as many as 16,577 new Covid-19 cases and 120 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, informed the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) on Friday.
With this, the total caseload in the country has gone up to 1,10,63,491, including 1,55,986 active cases with 1,07,50,680 discharges and 1,56,825 people have died so far.