At a high-level meeting chaired by the minister, the government’s decision to resume international scheduled flights from March 27, the vaccination situation and the level of genomic surveillance were discussed.

Amid an increase in Covid cases in some European and East Asian countries, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday ordered officials to maintain a high level of alertness and surveillance and aggressively conduct genomic sequencing. to be carried out.

At a high-level meeting chaired by the minister, the government’s decision to resume international scheduled flights from March 27, the vaccination situation and the level of genomic surveillance were discussed.

“Given the increasing cases in China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore and some European countries, the Minister of Health has held a high-level meeting with senior government officials and experts.

“The minister has sent aggressive genomic sequencing, increased surveillance and a high level of alertness,” said an official source. Senior government officials including Health Minister Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary of the Ministry of Biotechnology Dr Rajesh Gokhale, Secretary of the Ministry of Pharmaceuticals S Aparna, NITI Aayog Member (Health) VK Paul, ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava and AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria and Dr. NK Arora, the Chair of NTAGI’s COVID-19 Working Group, attended the meeting.

China has witnessed the worst outbreak of COVID-19 in the past two years, forcing it to lock up millions in desperate efforts to stem the wave. The situation has also deteriorated in Hong Kong.


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