India’s new strategy for tackling the surge of COVID-19 cases

Mar 17, 2021

By: Sanchita Dash

India has a new plan to deal with the rising number of coronavirus cases

The country now has 11.4 million cases, with 234,000 active cases.

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Several Indian cities have already gone under lockdown

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi too met with chief ministers of states today

He said that India’s success so far with dealing with COVID-19 should not be turned into negligence.

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The government has now taken up a strategy of – test, track, treat and vaccinate

The health ministry spoke about the same during a media briefing about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It has also set up new guidelines for the states

Here are the new rules

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Increase testing

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Trace all close contacts of active cases

The ministry spokesperson said that all close contacts, upto 30 people, should be tracked, tested and isolated within 72 hours.

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Containment zones

With the rising number of cases, the centre is asking states to focus on surveillance and take up the containment zone approach.

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Priority vaccination

Places where COVID-19 cases are rising, the groups approved by the Centre (above age 60 for now) should be vaccinated on priority.

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Two Omicron cases reported in India and both are from Karnataka ⁠