Covid Decline Behind Centre’s Letter To End Additional Restrictions

| Updated: February 16, 2022 5:47 pm

Finally, the pandemic seems to be heading towards an end. In a letter on Wednesday, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan, urged all states/UTs to review and/or amend additional Covid-19 restrictions as the pandemic in the country shows a sustained declining trend. The letter, however, stressed the need for monitoring the trajectory of cases and the spread of infection on a daily basis. The health secretary also asked states to follow the five-fold strategy of test, track, treat, vaccination and adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour.

Meanwhile, Assam became the first state in the country to withdraw all Covid-related curbs and restrictions on Tuesday. The state has gone back to the normalcy that prevailed before Covid-19 imposed the “new normal.”

India logged 30,615 new coronavirus infections, taking the country’s tally of Covid-19 cases to 4,27,23,558, while active cases dipped to 3,70,240, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The death toll climbed to 5,09,872 with 514 fresh fatalities, noted the data updated at 8 am, Wednesday.

For the first time since January 2, Mumbai recorded zero deaths on Tuesday. The daily caseload in the state capital increased to 235 from 192 cases recorded on Monday. “We can clearly see that the situation is getting better. It is a sigh of relief for us that the city didn’t have any deaths on Tuesday. Most of the latest deaths are among elderly patients with severe comorbidities,” said Suresh Kakani, additional commissioner, BMC.

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