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The ministry of home affairs has issued an order to all states and union territories, extending the guidelines related to Covid-19 containment measures till 31 August.

This comes after all the states were advised to conduct seroprevalence surveys in consultation with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to generate district-level data on immunity against the coronavirus.

Referring to the fourth round of the national seroprevalence survey done by ICMR, the government suggested a state-level sero survey so that such studies follow a standardized protocol.

"The findings of such studies can be utilized quickly by the respective state/UT to guide objective, transparent and evidence-based public health response to Covid-19," said the Union health ministry.

Findings of recent sero survey in 70 districts
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Findings of recent sero survey in 70 districts

India reported 43,654 fresh Covid-19 cases and 640 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the health ministry on Wednesday. The active caseload has reached 3,99,436, and the daily positivity rate is at 2.51%.

As many as 41,678 recoveries were also reported in the last 24 hours. With this, the cumulative recoveries are now 3,06,63,147 with a 97.39% recovery rate.

Advisory on norm violations

The home ministry had earlier this month issued an advisory to states and union territories over "blatant violations of Covid norms" and directed to make officers personally responsible for strict enforcement of Covid appropriate behaviour.

The ministry said that as the country is witnessing a dip in the number of active Covid and states have started reopening their activities gradually, blatant violations of Covid norms have been observed in several parts of the country, especially in hill stations.

"Massive crowds are thronging the marketplaces, violating norms of social distancing. Consequently, increase in 'R' factor (reproduction number) in some states is a matter of concern," the advisory read.

As per the latest orders, if the Covid appropriate behaviour is not maintained at any establishment/premises/markets etc., such places shall be liable for the re-imposition of restrictions.

There should be a continuous focus on the fivefold strategy for effective management of Covid-19 test, track, treat, vaccination, and adherence to Covid appropriate behaviour, the ministry said.

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