Home Ministry extends Covid-19 surveillance guidelines up to 31 Jan 2021 in view of new UK variant

New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order on Monday, 28th December, to extend the earlier Guidelines for Surveillance of Covid-19 to remain in force up to 31st January 2021. While there has been a continuous decline in the active and new Covid-19 cases, there is need to maintain surveillance, containment, and caution, keeping in view the surge in cases globally, and emergence of a new variant of the virus in the United Kingdom (UK), stated the Home Affairs Ministry in a press communication.

Accordingly, containment zones continue to be demarcated carefully; prescribed containment measures strictly followed within these zones; Covid-appropriate behaviour promoted and strictly enforced, and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) prescribed in respect of various permitted activities followed scrupulously, the Home Ministry stated.

The focused approach on surveillance, containment, and strict observance of the guidelines/SOPs issued by MHA and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), as envisaged in the Guidelines issued on 25th November 2020 need to be enforced strictly by states and UTs, the Home Ministry stated.

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