New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Friday issued fresh advisory and asked citizens to avoid public events such as marriages, political or social meetings as well as international travel amid a surge in Covid cases in some countries.

In an advisory, the IMA appealed to people to take anti-coronavirus vaccine, including precautionary doses, to avoid an “impending COVID outbreak” and follow COVID-appropriate behaviour such as using masks in public places and maintaining social-distancing norms.

According to the report, around 5.37 lakh new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours from countries like the US, Japan, South Korea, France and Brazil, the IMA said.

On the other hand, strict instructions have been given to the officials by the Union Health Ministry. Thousands of people come to India from abroad every day at Delhi airport, so the airport has been asked to keep a close watch on random screening of passengers, booster dose requirement.

In view of the increasing cases of corona virus, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has also called a meeting and instructed the officials to ensure strict compliance of the guidelines received from the central government regarding Corona.

Kejriwal took information from the health department officials about the oxygen, beds and other equipment available in Delhi and directed them to make proper arrangements.

Besides, a senior health department official in Punjab said that instructions have been issued to increase the testing of COVID-19 samples from around 3,000 per day at present to 10,000 per day. The official said that the number of active coronavirus patients in the state is currently nine.

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