Coronavirus Cases: Many parts of the country have seen a huge increase in the cases of corona in the last few days. In the midst of increasing cases, now the central and state governments have come completely on alert mode. Masks have been made mandatory once again in Haryana, Kerala and Puducherry. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya held a review meeting earlier this week and advised states to be vigilant and review the preparedness of health facilities.
A nationwide mock drill has been planned on Monday (April 10) and Tuesday (April 11) to assess the emergency preparedness of both government and private hospitals. The Health Minister says that the governments are fully prepared to deal with the rising corona cases. ICU beds, oxygen supply and all other important things are being taken care of. Also, preparations are being reviewed every week.
Reason for increasing corona cases
During an interview, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that there is a need to be alert about the possible fourth wave of the Kovid epidemic. The previous covid mutation was the BF.7 sub-variant of Omicron and now the XBB1.16 sub-variant is causing increasing cases of corona. However, he said that the sub-variant is not more dangerous.
The Haryana government has made it mandatory to wear face masks in public places as a precautionary measure. The state health department has appealed to the public to adopt Covid appropriate behaviour. The district administration and panchayats have been directed to ensure that it is implemented in all parts of the state.
Kerala has also made masks mandatory for pregnant women, the elderly and people with serious illnesses. Kerala Health Minister Veena George also organized a high-level meeting to assess the status of COVID-19 in the state. He also directed the health department to ensure availability of oxygen and said that a special meeting of private hospitals would be held soon.
The Puducherry administration has made it mandatory to wear masks in public places with immediate effect. Employees working in hospitals, hotels, restaurants, liquor vends, hotels and entertainment areas, government offices and commercial establishments will compulsorily wear masks, it said in a statement.
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