Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh government on Wednesday issued an advisory to the authorities of the districts to strictly implement COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and other measures to avoid any spike in coronavirus cases in the state.

The advisory was issued after the recent surges of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Chattishgarh.

The advisory, issued by secretary to the state health and family department P Parthiban said that in view of the rise of mutant variant cases of COVID-19 in India and movement of persons across the country, it is possible that such a situation may arise in the state unless adequate precautions are taken.

He asked the district medical officers to ensure that adequate testing levels are maintained by focusing on increasing the proportion of RT-PCR and TrueNat tests.

His advisory directed mandatory RT-PCR tests for all found negative during rapid antigen tests and stressed on refocus on strict and comprehensive surveillance as well as stringent containment in selected districts where there is spike in cases.

Parthiban also directed the health authorities to regularly monitor the mutant strains through testing followed by genome sequencing and monitoring of the emerging cluster of cases.

The advisory also directed the deputy commissioners to take special care in implementing the measures in crowded places like markets and religious institutions.

Arunachal Pradesh currently has four active COVID-19 cases, while 16,776 people recovered from the infection so far. As many as 56 people have succumbed to the infection so far, officials said.

Namsai district has three active cases, while West Siang has one as of date, they said.

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