Curb Crowding On New Year, Check Superspreader Events: Centre To States

New Delhi: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Wednesday wrote letter to all the states and union territories asking them to curb crowding in the wake New Year celebration.

The Minister also directed the States and UTs to keep a tab on all the events that could be a potential superspreader.

So far, 107 samples have undergone genome sequencing in India, and 20 UK returnees have tested positive for the new ‘more infectious’ coronavirus strain.

Six patients were found to be infected with the mutant virus yesterday.

“The Union Health Secretary has written to all the states to keep a strict vigil on all events that could be potential ‘superspreader’ events, and to curb crowding in the wake of the New Year celebrations and various events associated with it as well as on-going winter season,” said the ministry in a statement.

The Health Secretary has further asked the States to assess the local situation and ponder over imposing appropriate restrictions on December 30 and 31, 2020, and on January 1, 2021.

Notably, the Ministry of Home Affairs has given its go-ahead to the States and UTs to impose local restrictions in order to contain COVID-19 spread as per their assessment of the situation.