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Covid-19: Health Secretary writes to States, UTs to implement Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate measures

New Delhi [India]: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Thursday wrote to the additional Secretary, principal Secretary, secretary of health of all states and Union Territories to adhere to strict implementation of the Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate measures in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the foreign countries, the relaxation of visa restrictions, and opening up of international travel.“lt is critical for the States/UTs to adhere to the overarching ‘Test-TrackTreat-Vaccinate’ principle to ensure stringent implementation of containment measures as per Ministry of Health and Family Welfare guidelines,” said the letter. “It has now been reported by National Cooperative Development Corporation (NDMC) that multiple cases of a COVID-19 variant 8.1.1529 have been reported in Botswana (3 cases), South Africa (6 cases) and Honk Kong (1 case). This variant is reported to have a significantly high number of mutations, and thus, has serious public health implications for the…

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