Pandemic near its end? States and UTs asked to end more Covid-19 restrictions
India is registering reducing Covid-19 case load since past many days. With sustained downfall of cases across the country, Government of India has asked all the States and Union Territories to review and either amend or lift additional restrictions related to Covid-19. This decision by Central Government and intimated to state and UT governments on Wednesday hints towards pandemic heading towards its end.
In a letter addressed to States and UTs governments, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, “The Covid-19 pandemic in India is showing a sustained declining trend since January 21, 2022. The average daily cases during last week were 50,476 and 27,409 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. The daily case positivity on February 15, has declined to 3.63 per cent.” He added that citing “changing epidemiology of the Covid-19 virus globally”, the government is altering existing Covid-19 related guidelines and minimizing them in all possibilities.
“Presently, as the case trajectory across the nation is showing a sustained downward trend, it will be useful if states/UTs review and amend/do away with the additional restrictions so imposed after considering the trend of new cases, active cases and positivity within the State/UT,” read the letter. The Union Health Secretary added that starting February 10, 2022 the Union Health Ministry had revised international travel guidelines related to Covid-19.
Mr. Bhushan has asked the governments of Indian states to relax their border restrictions as well as the limitations at airports. This is in line with aim to support and revive economy of the country and facilitate movement of people across States. At the same time he asked all the States and UTs to continue tracking the daily changes in Covid-19 cases and monitor the trajectory of the same. He asked the governments to follow the five fold strategy in this direction – test, track, treat, vaccination and adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour.