J&K LG Calls For Intensive Testing, Containment

New Delhi- Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Saturday asked the district administrators to intensify awareness campaigns and strict enforcement of Covid protocol, masking, and social distancing.

The LG passed these directions while chairing a review meeting on Covid-19 situation in J&K in which preventive measures to be implemented against the emerging scenario were discussed, an official spokesperson said.

While chairing the meetings of Covid Task Force and DCs, SPs, he said, the LG observed that since WHO has declared Omicron as a 'Variant of Concern', the health officials and people must be more proactive.

According to the official spokesperson, Sinha said that intensive testing, containment, and enhanced surveillance are required in areas reporting higher cases. He directed the Health officials to ensure utilization of full capacity of RT-PCR testing and vaccination.

“Exhorting the Divisional commissioners for strict implementation of the testing and quarantine of travelers from foreign countries, the Lt Governor asked them to deploy Nodal officers for monitoring all international arrivals and proper testing of travellers,” he said.

“The DCs were directed to intensify awareness campaigns and strict enforcement of Covid protocol, masking, and social distancing,” he added.

The LG, as per the official spokesperson said that proper awareness at panchayat level should be organized with the help of members of PRIs. He termed the Covid Appropriate Behaviour as absolutely essential and critical, especially with the reports of new mutation.

During the meeting, he said, Sinha directed the Deputy Commissioners to bring the number of due second doses to zero.

“Instructions were also issued to the Superintendents of Police for ensuring strict following of CAB, and imposing fines for violation of covid protocols,” he added.

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