The UT health department has issued an advisory in view of the increasing number of Covid cases in many states and UTs, including Chandigarh. In the last seven days, the average number of recorded positive cases has been five, with the positivity rate of the last week being 1.40 per cent and the active cases in Chandigarh being 33.

The advisory from the department urges residents to strictly adhere to covid-appropriate behaviour (CAB) — wearing masks in crowded and closed settings, with a special mention of doctors, paramedics, and other healthcare workers as well as patients and their attendants to wear masks within healthcare facilities.

Doctors say it is important to cover the nose and mouth with a handkerchief/tissue while sneezing and coughing, throw used tissues into closed bins immediately after use, practise frequent hand washing, limit personal contact if suffering from respiratory diseases, see a doctor in case of fever, cough, difficulty in breathing etc, and early reporting of symptoms and testing for covid. People with co-morbidities and the elderly have been advised to avoid overcrowded and poorly ventilated settings.

“We are closely monitoring the situation as we have seen an increase in the number of cases and have issued an advisory for the same. We are also assessing our preparedness on all parameters, and all are advised to follow covid protocols, and elderly and people with comorbidities need to be extra careful,” says Dr Suman Singh, director, health services.

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