The BJP-Shiv Sena (Balasaheb) government has taken a policy decision to randomly conduct thermal testing on 2% of passengers arriving in the state from international flights from Monday. It has also decided to issue an advisory for the children and senior citizens to wear masks, avoid crowded places and maintain social distancing of 5-10 feet as per the earlier norms.
Asserting that there was no need to panic, health minister Tanaji Sawant informed the assembly that the government has decided to implement a five-pronged strategy that includes testing, tracking, treatment, vaccination and Covid related behaviour.
“We do not need to worry as about 95% of the population in the state is vaccinated. The decisions were taken today during the meeting on the new Covid-19 threat which was attended by chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis. Later this advisory was also discussed in the cabinet meeting,” he said.
Adding that the government had already sent directives to all municipal corporations and councils, metropolitan and mega cities to remain alert, Sawant said the government had also directed health department officials to take precautions.
“I reiterate that there is no need to panic, and the government is only taking precautionary measures. If the central government comes up with some guidelines, the CM and deputy CM would direct us on further course of action,” he said.