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Omicron challenge

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With the detection of a few cases of Omicron variant in Jammu region, J&K government in series of meetings in the recent past has decided to go for aggressive measures to meet the challenge posed by this new variant of covid-19.

In this direction recently the Chief Secretary reviewed public health system preparedness for the Omicron variant. He asked H&ME to trace and monitor international travelers through the Air Suvidha portal.

He reviewed the public health system’s preparedness for the new COVID variant Omicron, which is reportedly 3-4 times more infectious than the Delta variant.

Omicron variants of COVID were reported in Jammu, all of whom are without any travel history and are now being monitored.

He directed the district administration to enhance testing and contact tracing for positive patients and closely trace the infection trajectory to establish micro-containment zones at an early stage. Additionally, all Deputy Commissioners were directed to ensure strict enforcement of COVID Appropriate Behavior (CAB), COVID SOPs/ protocols, and micro-containment zones, besides regulating large gatherings. Any breach on these accounts will lead to imposition of night curfews and further restrictions.

Divisional and District Administrations were asked to establish buffer zones around the declared micro-containment zones and monitor the spread of the disease to guide further actions. All line departments were directed to appoint one nodal officer for ensuring CAB adherence across all Government offices with a special focus on industries and transport.

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