rise in Covid-19 cases. On June 13, Mandaviya had chaired a meeting through video conferencing with Health Ministers and senior officials of States and Union Territories (UTs) to review the progress of the vaccination exercise HarGharDastak 2.0 campaign.
The Health Minister had stressed that, "Covid is not over yet. There are reports of rising cases of Covid in some states. It is important at this time to be alert and not forget Covid Appropriate behaviour (CAB) such as wearing masks and maintaining physical distance to prevent spread of the infection." While notifying that the increased case positivity in some districts and States and reduced Covid-19 testing, Dr Mandaviya had stated that increased and timely testing will enable early identification of Covid cases and help to curb spread of the infection among the community.
Additionally, he had urged States/UTs to continue and strengthen the surveillance and focus on genome sequencing for identifying new mutants/variants in the country.