The Centre has extended the validity of COVID guidelines till Aug 31 & asked states to ensure "strictest possible measures" in districts with a high positivity rate. A high positivity rate indicates a greater spread of the disease in a given population.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has written a letter to all states and UTs saying there is "no room for complacency" in observing Covid-19 protocol despite the declining number of Covid-19 cases. 

   

Centre extends Covid guidelines till Aug 31, calls for strictest measures in high positivity districts

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The Union Home Ministry has extended the validity of Covid-19 guidelines till August 31 and has asked states to ensure "strictest possible measures" in districts with a high positivity rate.

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The letter also directs states/UTs to ensure Covid-appropriate behaviour in all crowded places, especially in view of upcoming festivals.

"With the decline in the number of active cases, states and UTs are reopening activities in a gradual manner. While the decline in the number of cases is a matter of satisfaction, it may be noted that the absolute case numbers are still significantly high. Therefore, there no room for complacency and the process of relaxing restrictions should be carefully calibrated," Ajay Bhalla said in his letter to the chief secretaries of states.