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‘COVID pandemic not over’: Govt warns people not to ‘lower their guards’, cites examples of Russia, UK

The Central government on Friday expressed concerns over people travelling to hill stations in large numbers and violating COVID protocols. The govt also stressed that the COVID pandemic is not yet over in the country and that every person should continue to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour.

During a press briefing, the Union Health Ministry said that we need to take all the precautions and cited examples of Bangladesh, Russia and the United Kingdom where COVID-19 cases are seeing a sharp spike again.

“We are still dealing with the second wave of COVID19. We need to continue the display of COVID19 appropriate behaviour,” it added.

Niti Aayog, member-health, Dr VK Paul stressed, “We cannot lower our guard. A new risk is being seen at tourist spots where a gathering of crowds being seen, social distancing and mask protocol is not being followed. This is a serious cause of concern.”

He also iterated that guidelines on vaccination for pregnant women have been issued already and it is very important that they are inoculated.

 

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