BMC issues directives to all Ward Officers to monitor the situation in Omicron case

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BMC issues directives to all Ward Officers to monitor the situation in Omicron case

In the wake of rise in Omicron cases in the Financial Hub, the Civìc Body has issued directives to all ward officers to closely monitor the situation in their respective wards until January 15.

This directive comes following the witness of 12 Omicron cases in the City fter the city witnessed 12 Omicron cases, of which most of them are asymptomatic and have been discharged.

As per Civic Official there will be a surģe in international travellers in the coming days and big gatherings needs to be monitored very çlosely.

MeanwhileThe state Task Force has instructed the government to stringently screen inbound travellers, reinforce Covid-appropriate behaviour with directives to wear N95 or double masks, concentrate on vaccination and check the preparedness of the state’s health infrastructure.

As per Dr Lancelot Pinto, consultant pulmonologist at PD Hinduja Hospital & MRC, there is still reason to believe that even for Omicron, vaccines protect from moderate to severe disease, so there is a need to ramp up vaccination. The traditional and tested measures such as masking, avoiding crowds (especially indoors) and sanitising will continue to be effective, no matter what the variant.

He added “it is extremely important to prevent events and the government should restrict large gatherings. There is also a need to administer booster doses of the vaccine to frontline workers and those who are elderly and immunocompromised immunocompromised.

The Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 continues to remain dominant but the scientific community is specifically concerned about Omicron’s multiple mutations, some of them in the ACE2 receptor, the proteins that are entry points for the virus into the human cells.

According to Suresh Kakani, Additional Municipal Commissioner, a close monitor of travellers from high-risks countries who all have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR tests.

Omicron variant has become a big concern and so it has been decided to increase screening in each ward, and check foreign travellers who have been missed out by them.

News Edit: K.V.Raman

News Complied by Sejal Bhise

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