Covid-appropriate behavior is some of the measures being taken by states amid worries over the spread of the Omicron variant that has caused a new surge in Covid-19 cases in China.
Karnataka has made wearing masks mandatory indoors and in closed spaces. Here are what some of the states are doing.
Karnataka: The state government released guidelines making it mandatory to wear face masks indoors and in closed spaces like pubs, bars, restaurants, malls, offices, buses, and trains. All those with symptoms of respiratory illnesses have been asked to self-isolate and get tested immediately. Officials have been directed to expedite the booster dose vaccination.
Kerala: After a high-level meeting of officials, Health Minister Veena George said all districts have been told to strengthen surveillance. The number of tests would be increased and genomic sequencing of positive cases would be held. She said there would not be any curb on Christmas-New Year celebrations.
Maharashtra: CM Shinde reviewed the Covid situation in the state. He directed all guardian ministers to ensure that health facilities are ready in their respective districts. He directed the Chief Secretary to ensure that the five-point program of test, track, treat, vaccinate and ensure COVID-appropriate behavior— is followed.
Uttar Pradesh: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reviewed the Covid-19 situation in the state. CM directed officials to monitor the new variant, conduct genome sequencing of fresh cases, and ramp up testing.
Tamil Nadu: Chief Minister M K Stalin directed officials to screen all passengers arriving in the state at the international airport in Chennai for Covid symptoms. The CM appealed to the public not to panic over the Omicron outbreak in China and said the Tamil Nadu government is fully geared up to protect the people. He called for strict compliance with the standard guidelines for Covid management.