The central government chaired a high-level review meeting of the coronavirus status on Saturday and asked the states to closely monitor infection spread in children as few states have opened schools.
Amid the concerns that kids may be more vulnerable to infection if there is a next wave in India, the states are directed to be more cautious to follow Covid-19 guidelines to ensure curbing the spread of cases.
Union cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba advised the state health administrators to undertake granular analysis of their Covid trajectory, ramp up health infrastructure, undertake stocking of medicines and augment human resources, to meet any surge in cases.
Looking at the Covid-19 cases in 70 districts in 15 states as 34 of these districts have positivity exceeding 10% and in 36 districts, positivity is in the range of 5%-10%, authorities are asked to pay extra attention on curbing the spread of cases.
As the festive season has started, states are directed to ensure necessary precautions and effective enforcement for the avoidance of mass gatherings and congested closed spaces.
The Centre also insisted that existing guidelines regarding malls, local markets and places of worship are to be followed.
In the meeting, held through video conference, Gauba also suggested undertaking steps like early detection of cases, operationalisation of fever helplines, adequate stocking of testing kits, larvicides and medicines, deployment of rapid response teams for prompt investigation.
In addition, the ministry pointed that urgent action on augmentation of hospital infrastructure, oxygen availability, building up buffer stocks of critical drugs, ambulance services and implementation of IT systems/ helplines/ telemedicine services is required.