How some states are preparing to tackle Omicron variant

In a meeting with states and UTs, on Tuesday, the Centre advised them to build up the testing for the early identification of Covid cases and ensure good infrastructure for management and isolation.

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With the threat of the third Covid wave menacingly large over the country, some states have inflicted restrictions to keep the spread of the new variant-Omicron-at bay. In a meeting with states and UTs, on Tuesday, the Centre advised them to build up the testing for the early identification of Covid cases and ensure good infrastructure for management and isolation.

Here are some states taking these measures to prevent the infection from spreading

Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned the delay in stopping flights from countries affected by the Omicron variant — a demand he placed in front of the Prime Minister on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, after a meeting on Monday, asked the state health department to make sure there are enough hospital beds, medicines, and medical oxygen in the city. The national capital will keep doing the test, keep track, and do treat strategy earnestly, and will follow up with international passengers who have to be placed under home quarantine. Apart from these, keeping up with the Centre’s guidelines, all passengers who come from high-risk countries will have to undergo RT-PCR tests at the airport. The samples of those who test positive will be sent for genome sequencing.

Maharashtra

In Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has commanded the dean of all jumbo centers and ward officers to keep the facilities ready so that they can be started within a day, if needed. BMC is also planning to build up vaccinations by organizing special campaigns in private and public with a large number of unvaccinated employees.

Punjab

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Om Prakash Soni on Monday directed all the health officials to ensure strict monitoring of passengers coming into the state, especially from South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel where cases of the new variant have been detected recently.

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