Covid response mock drill across India on Dec 27, states asked to ensure facilities at hospitals, covid outbreak

New Delhi: A mock trial to test Covid emergency preparedness would be held in hospitals across the country on Tuesday, December 27.

“A mock drill for an emergency response to deal with Covid 9 cases will be held in hospitals across the country on December 27, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will also participate in the mock drill,” official sources told ANI.

The drill is being held amid fears of a surge in Covid in the country due to reported cases of Covid in China and other countries. The Union Ministry of India has started taking several proactive steps in this direction.

The Union Health Ministry had on December 20 advised States to significantly increase genome sequencing. On December 21, the Union Health Minister also chaired a high-level meeting on the situation of COVID-19 and preparedness of the public health system for surveillance, containment and management of COVID-19.

The prime minister on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting to review the situation and preparedness and warned against complacency, recommended maintaining Strict Vigilance and stressed the need to strengthen Vigilance with a focus on Genome Sequencing and increased Testing.

In the high-level meeting, states were advised to ensure operational readiness of Hospital Infrastructure and proper Covid behavior, including use of masks.

The Union Health Ministry has also called for Preventive Dose Vaccination, especially for the Elderly and Vulnerable Groups.

According to officials, Travel Guidelines have been reviewed and issued. Passengers will be charged random screenings of 2% for international passengers from December 24, which will be re-launched from Saturday.

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