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Covid-19: Allow activities with risk assessment-based approach, Centre to states

The Center on Wednesday asked states to adopt a risk assessment based approach to start economic and social activities amid a decline in the number of COVID cases across the country.

In a letter to all States and Union Territories, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, “Keeping in view the continuous and deepening decline in COVID-19 cases across the country, States and Union Territories are likely to reopen economic and social activities. There are various measures for There is a need to follow a risk assessment-based approach in opening up of economic and social activities without losing the gains made so far in the fight against the pandemic.

“There should be a sustained focus on a five-fold strategy to test, track, treat, vaccinate and follow COVID-appropriate behaviour.”

Social, sports, entertainment, educational, cultural, religious and festival-related and other gatherings and gatherings can be resumed, he said, adding that the decision to allow these activities will be taken by the respective states, duly guided by the principles Will be

He also said that offline classes can be resumed in educational institutions without any restrictions. Offices, both government and private, can resume without any capacity restrictions. He said in the letter that public transport can also run without any limit.

Bhushan also asked the states to implement norms like wearing of face masks and maintaining social distancing in all public places.

“While allowing all such activities, it is imperative that all public places follow the COVID appropriate behavior including use of masks and physical distancing,” he said.

Emphasizing on evidence-based decision making regarding further easing of COVID norms, he said that at the district level, there should be continuous review of the emerging data of new cases based on the continuous and critical level of testing.

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