Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has reviewed the measures taken by the Kerala and Maharashtra governments for overseeing the increase of Covid-19, through a video conference.
During the meeting, the overall management of Covid state of affairs in Kerala and Maharashtra was discussed while Bhalla observed that more efforts would be required to arrest the increase in infections.
The Home Ministry officials said, that both states were advised to continue with their vaccination programmes and in case they required more vaccines, the same would be provided to the extent possible. During the meeting, it was emphasized that along with vaccination, the Covid appropriate behaviour must also continue to be encouraged and events with potential of having mass gatherings during the coming festive season must be avoided.
"It was also advised that testing must be ramped up in areas in the two states where positivity rates are being found to be on the higher side. The focus should also be placed over the next few months to suppress the levels of transmission of the virus so that the chain of transmission can be controlled more effectively", the officials who were familiar with this meeting said.
Following the huge number of cases that were reported in Kerala, the Union Health Ministry decided to depute a high-level multidisciplinary team to the state and a 6-member Central team headed by NCDC Director, was sent to Kerala on July 30.