Uttarakhand Has New COVID Advisory For Tourists Amid Rise In Cases

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Uttarakhand Has New COVID Advisory For Tourists Amid Rise In Cases

Just as the world was getting back on track, instances of Covid-19 are on rise again. Looking at the scenario of rising instances, a new advisory was issued in Dehradun on 25th July which emphasized on the five point plan to control the spread of Covid-19 in the state of Uttarakhand. The five point plan includes testing, surveillance, vaccination, treatment and compliance of appropriate behaviour. The people have to strictly adhere to wearing masks, hand sanitization and social distancing. 

New Advisory By Central Government

The director of the National Health Mission, R Rajesh Kumar issued regulations and also asked the district administrations to make sure that the regulations are adhered to. The Central government stated that the vaccination coverage should be increased and the adequate availability of oxygen cylinders, oxygen beds, oxygen concentrators, ventilators, essential medications and  ICU beds for the treatment of COVID-19 patients should be notified by all the healthcare facilities. The advisory further asked them to keep a count of patients admitted to both private and public hospitals on a daily basis and their health should be continuously observed. Patients with minimal symptoms should initially be left alone at home, but their health must be continuously monitored in case hospitalization becomes necessary.

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Abide By The Recommendations Of ICMR 

For COVID-19 testing, one should abide by the recommendations of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The advisory recommended that district-level COVID-19 sample testing be intensified and that as many samples as possible be sent for RT-PCR testing. It suggested testing for COVID-19 in patients with severe acute respiratory illnesses or influenza-like illnesses and submitting their data to the Integrated Health Information Platform. The Doon Medical College should get a sample from each patient whose RT-PCR test results are positive in order to do genome sequencing. There has been a significant rise in COVID-19 cases in the state of Uttarakhand, where 142 new infections were reported on Sunday. Dehradun has the most with 94 cases, followed by Nainital with 15 cases.

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