The Union Home Ministry extended the validity of the Covid-19 guidelines till August 31. He also asked the states and ensured to follow the “strictest possible measures” in districts having a high positivity rate.
Positivity rate – the percentage of samples that test positive for disease out of the total number of samples tested. A high positivity rate shows a high spread of a disease in a given population.
Ajay Bhalla (Union Home Secretary) has written a letter to all states and UTs stating that “no room for complacency” in observing Covid-19 protocol despite the declining number of Covid-19 cases.
Also, the letter directs states/UTs to ensure Covid-appropriate behavior in all crowded places, mainly at the time of upcoming festivals.
Ajay Bhalla said in his letter that “With the decline in the number of active cases, states and UTs are gradually reopening activities. While the decline in the number of cases is a matter of satisfaction, it may be noted that the absolute case numbers are still significantly high. Therefore, there is no room for complacency and the process of relaxing restrictions should be carefully calibrated.”