All districts in Maharashtra should impose a minimum of Level 3 restrictions no matter indices like weekly positivity charge and hospital beds availability to forestall the unfold of the extra harmful Delta Plus Covid variant, the state’s Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte has mentioned in an order.
“Given that the virus causing Covid is undergoing mutations in various geographies and that these mutations are displaying more transmissibility and potential reductions in monoclonal antibody response, a State Level Trigger mandating all the administrative units, irrespective of values of the indices of weekly positivity rate and oxygen bed occupancy percentage to remain at a level not below 3 is to be in operation till withdrawn by specific order of SDMA,” the order reads.
Under Level 3 restrictions, eating places, gyms, salons, spas may be allowed to open until 4 pm with 50 per cent occupancy; personal places of work can function with 50 per cent occupancy; marriages with 50 company and funerals with 20 persons are allowed; malls and theatres should stay shut.
The Delta Plus variant, a variant of concern in India, has been linked to traits like elevated transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells and potential discount in monoclonal antibody response. It has been detected in some Maharashtra districts.
The officer mentioned the weekly positivity charge should be used as a marker to determine on the degrees of restrictions. However, the speed needs to be calculated on the premise of the gold normal RT-PCR checks, not RAT. “Data for this shall be made available by the Public Health Department,” he added.
“While coming down onto a lower level, DDMA (district disaster management authorities) shall look into two weeks’ trend before accepting lower level of restrictions. When there is an upward trend in number of positive cases being identified daily and requiring a higher level of restrictions than the current one, DDMA, however, shall do so without waiting for two weeks’ trends,” the round reads.
The district administrations must be certain that easing restrictions don’t result in a spike in circumstances, he mentioned, including anti-Covid guidelines should be strictly enforced, and violators fined.
He additionally requested the districts to try to vaccinate a minimum of 70 per cent of the inhabitants as quickly as attainable.
Dr Anurag Agarwal, the Director of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), informed NDTV on Thursday that there was no proof to counsel the brand new variant can set off a attainable third wave.