Free vaccination against COVID-19 commenced in India on January 16, 2021, and the government is urging all of its citizens to be immunized, in what is expected to be the largest vaccination program in the world. According to the reports, States in India are all set to take preventative measures such as more vaccination drive and surveillance.
Maharashtra: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mumbai’s municipal corporation, has begun contacting 465 passengers who arrived in the city in the last 15 days from countries of concern, including South Africa. According to officials, 95 of the passengers are Mumbai residents. Dr. Pradeep Vyas, state health secretary Rajesh Bhushan, said the government would implement the ‘Test-Track-Treat-Vaccine’ principle more aggressively. He stated that daily testing would be increased to over 1 lakh per day, up from the current state-wide average of 65,000 per day.
Karnataka: With new clusters of infections reported in different districts in the last few days, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the government has asked the Centre to impose a travel ban from high-risk countries. All passengers arriving from these countries are subjected to mandatory testing at airports, he added. In addition, the state government decided to put travellers who tested positive for the infection in “institutional isolation” for ten days, with their samples being sent for whole-genome sequencing (WGS) “on a fast-track basis.”
Madhya Pradesh: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated that the state government will track, test, and, if necessary, isolate international passengers who have arrived in the state in the last month. In addition, the state has decided to increase genome sequencing. In addition, instructions have been issued to ensure that medicines are available. “Children under the age of 18 are at risk because they have not been vaccinated. Given this, despite the fact that schools will open tomorrow (Monday), they will only be able to accommodate 50% of their students, while online classes will be resumed to provide parents with a choice,” the CM said.
Uttar Pradesh: International and domestic arrivals received separate protocols from the Lucknow administration. Thermal screening of all passengers is required by the international terminal’s guidelines, and passengers will be subjected to an RT-PCR test upon arrival. All passengers will also be subjected to an 8-day home quarantine period, following which they will be subjected to an RT-PCR test. While all passengers must undergo thermal screening at the domestic terminal, those who exhibit symptoms will be subjected to RT-PCR.
Gujarat: Manoj Aggarwal of the state health department told The Indian Express that directives similar to those issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had recently been issued. He went on to say, “We will continue to strengthen screening from risk countries.” Similarly, we will strengthen our genome sequencing efforts, which we have already begun.”
Telangana: On Sunday, the government announced that it had beefed up its surveillance system and alerted teams. Fully vaccinated passengers arriving from ‘at risk’ countries will be quarantined and monitored at home, according to G Srinivasa Rao, the state director of public health. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people will be tested, and samples will be sent for genome sequencing if anyone tests positive, he said.
Haryana: Manohar Lal Khattar, the state’s chief minister, said on Sunday that the state’s ‘Mahamari Alert-Surakshit Haryana’ is already in place, with relaxations or restrictions based on the current Covid-19 situation. “A Mahamari alert has been issued… We got a lot of suggestions for relaxations, but we didn’t do anything because of the new variant,” Khattar explained.
Jammu & Kashmir: Passengers arriving in J&K by air, rail, or road will not be subjected to RT-PCR or RAT if they have a valid final Covid-19 vaccination certificate and an RT-PCR negative report from a test taken within 72 hours of their arrival. The decision was made after the UT’s Chief Secretary met with additional chief secretaries of finance and health to discuss the current situation in J&K.
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