Health Ministry to Rahul Gandhi amid China horror

Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi: Amid growing concern over the sudden surge of COVID-19 cases in China and other countries, the Union Health Ministry wrote to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to ensure strict adherence to all COVID guidelines during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
In a letter to Gandhi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya asked them to use masks and disinfectants and that only those who are vaccinated should attend.

Mandaviya has sent the letter to Congress leaders after three BJP MLAs – PP Chaudhary, Nihal Chand and Devji Patel – expressed concern over the spread of the coronavirus.

Mandaviya said the three MPs have demanded strict adherence to COVID protocols in the walk and only those who are vaccinated are allowed to participate. The MPs have also requested the Union minister to ensure that the participants are isolated before and after taking part in the march.

In his letter, Mandaviya asked Gandhi and Gehlot to consider postponing the Yatra “in the national interest” if adherence to COVID protocols cannot be continued considering public health concerns.

The Yatra, which started from Kanyakumari on September 7, has so far covered Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. He entered Haryana from Rajasthan this morning.

The three lawmakers, in their December 20 letter, mentioned how the risk of the spread of COVID has “increased” as people from other states are coming to Rajasthan to take part in the march, and claimed that many of them had developed symptoms. take part.

They also revealed how Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu contracted the COVID virus after withdrawing after attending the event. PTI notify

Congress says BJP is afraid of Bharat Jodo Yatra

Congress leader Adhira Ranjan Chowdhury hit out at the BJP saying that the party is afraid of the growing popularity of the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Congress MP Karti Chidambaram also hit out at the BJP over the letter and said, “I have not seen the letter, but what are the COVID protocols today? It doesn’t look like we will have any enforceable COVID protocols in other public meetings. Why is this against the Bharat Jodo Yatra- unless the focus is on BJP advertising?”

Big hub review meeting on COVID today

Meanwhile, Mandaviya will review the COVID-19 situation in the country today in view of the rise in cases in some countries like Japan, South Korea, Brazil, China and the US.

Secretaries of Ministries of Health and Ayush, Department of Pharmaceuticals and Department of Biotechnology, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Rajiv Bahl, NITI Aayog Member VK Paul (Health) and National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) Chairman NL Arora and other senior officials they will go to the meeting.

The Union health ministry on Tuesday asked all states and Union territories to step up whole genome sequencing of positive samples to track new variants.

In a letter to states and UTs, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the exercise will enable timely detection of new variants circulating in the country and facilitate the adoption of necessary public health measures.

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