Highlights

  • Health Ministry writes to states over new Omicron variant
  • Centre: increase testing, surveillance and containment
  • Centre: overall decline in testing observed in some states

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Omicron variant | Intensive containment, active surveillance, increased vaccination: Centre to states

He also asked states to rigorously check international passengers from the regions that have reported the variant. 

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to to all States/UTs over the Omicron variant of Covid-19 saying it is imperative that intensive containment, active surveillance, increased coverage of vaccination and Covid-appropriate behaviour be enforced in a very proactive measure to effectively manage this variant.

He also asked states to rigorously check international passengers from the regions that have reported the variant.

The health ministry said that ample testing infrastructure needs to be operationalised to tackle any surge due to this mutated virus.

Also watch: Experts' description of 'Omicron' variant raises concern

The letter further said that overall testing as well as the proportion of RT-PCR tests have declined in some states and in the absence of sufficient testing, it is extremely difficult to determine the true level of infection spread.

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