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‘Wear masks in public places, avoid foreign travel’: Doctor’s body on China Covid surge

Amid rise in Covid cases in the US, Brazil, Japan, especially in China, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Thursday issued a Covid advisory and appealed to nation to follow it. Top Medical Association has also advised avoiding public gatherings such as marriages, political or social meetings and international travel.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association, the country’s top doctors’ body, today appealed to the public to follow Covid-related appropriate behavior with immediate effect. In an advisory, the IMA has listed the steps needed to contain a possible Covid outbreak, including wearing face masks in all public places, maintaining social distancing, washing hands regularly with soap and water or use sanitizers.

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The IMA also advised avoiding public gatherings such as weddings, political or social meetings, and international travel. It has appealed people to consult doctors in case of any symptoms like fever, sore throat, cough, loose motion etc. and get Covid vaccination along with the precautionary dose at the earliest.

states, “In view of the sudden increase in COVID cases in various countries, the Indian Medical Association has alerted and appealed to the public to follow COVID appropriate behavior with immediate effect. As per reports available, in the last 24 hours in the United States Around 5.37 lakh new cases have been reported in major countries like US, Japan, South Korea, France and Brazil. India has reported 145 new cases in the last 24 hours, out of which four cases are the new variant BF.7 from China.”

In the advisory, the government has been appealed to issue necessary instructions to the concerned ministries and departments to provide emergency medicines, oxygen supplies and ambulance services. Also, increase preparedness for any such situation seen in 2020-21.

It added, “As of now, the situation is not alarming and hence there is no need to panic. Prevention is better than cure.”

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