Centre, states discuss spurt in cases; focus on enforcement of COVID-appropriate behaviour, surveillance, testing

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Centre, states discuss spurt in cases; focus on enforcement of COVID-appropriate behaviour, surveillance, testing

The Centre on Saturday advised states and UTs reporting an increase in coronavirus cases to enforce COVID-appropriate behaviour by dealing firmly with violations and ensure effective surveillance in case of potential super spreading events so as not to squander last year’s gains.

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired a high-level review meeting with chief secretaries of states and UTs of Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir.

These states and UTs have been reporting a high COVID-19 active caseload or an increasing trend in new cases in the last week.

“They were advised not to lower their guard, enforce COVID appropriate behaviour and deal firmly with violations. It was strongly underlined that they need to follow effective surveillance strategies in respect of potential super spreading events,” the Union Health Ministry said in a statement.