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Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya urged states to increase community vigilance and administration of the precautionary doses of vaccines. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with top Ministers and government officials over the Covid-19 situation in the country. With China witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases, PM Modi called for strengthened surveillance with a focus on genome sequencing and increased testing around the country. A statement by the Prime Minister’s office said that during the meet, the PM asked the states to ensure the operational readiness of hospital infrastructure. He also asked people to follow Covid-appropriate behavior and wear masks. Covid is not over yet. Strengthen ongoing surveillance measures, especially at international airports. Audit Covid-specific facilities to ensure the readiness of hospital infra, including oxygen cylinders, ventilators, and staff,” the Prime Minister said, according to the statement.

Mandaviya said 2 percent random testing of international travelers arriving at airports has already started from Thursday.

Addressing both the Houses of Parliament over the prevailing Covid-19 situation, Mandaviya said 2 per cent random testing of international travellers arriving at airports has already started from Thursday.

In view of upcoming festivals and new year celebrations, states also need to focus on ensuring effective awareness within the community on adherence to Covid appropriate behavior. Which includes use of masks, hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene practices, besides following physical distancing,” he said. This comes following a surge in Covid-19 infections in China in the past few weeks which has prompted warnings that the country could witness over a million deaths in the coming months.

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