The number of cases linked to the newly discovered Omicron form of Covid19 is continuously increasing, prompting the central government to warn states and union territories (UTs) to consider adopting local restrictions and containment measures on Thursday.
The Centre has encouraged states not to let their guard down and to maintain their readiness for fighting the virus in a review meeting held today.
Rajesh Bhushan, the Union Health Secretary, met with state and district officials to discuss the pandemic threat. "The trajectory of COVID has brought attention to new evidence on the Omicron form of Covid19 driving the increased number of cases worldwide," he said at the gathering.
"Any restriction must be in place for at least 14 days," they were told. "Syndromic strategy for Corona Virus Containment can be used because symptoms of Omicron variant closely match common cold with a greater rate of transmissibility and doubling time," the statement noted.
Bhushan also recommended enforcing night curfews and strictly regulating large gatherings, particularly ahead of the festival holidays.