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Unlock has led to crowding; ensure five-fold strategy while opening up: Centre to states

The five-fold strategy comprises Covid-appropriate behaviour, test-track-treat, and vaccination to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Stating that the easing of Covid-related lockdown norms has led to crowding in some markets and other places, the Centre Saturday urged states to ensure the “extremely important” five-fold strategy of Covid-appropriate behaviour, test-track-treat, and vaccination was in place to prevent the spread of the disease.

In a letter to all states and Union Territories (UTs), Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said that vaccination against Covid-19, in the present scenario, is critical to break the chain of transmission.

Therefore, all state and UT governments should step up the speed of vaccination to cover maximum number of people in an expeditious manner, he said.

The letter comes a day after the Delhi High Court took note of violations of Covid norms in Delhi markets and said breach of protocol will only hasten the third wave of infections. The court also asked authorities to take strict measures against violators, sensitise shopkeepers and hold meetings with markets and vendors associations in this regard.

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