New Delhi: While keeping an eye on the likeliness of resurgence of a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Delhi Commissioner of Police, SN Shrivastava on Saturday said that the formation of district and thana (police station)-level committees for Public Health Care (PHC) Management to prevent and tackle any possibilities.
“These committees will be providing a professional response to various situations arising out of public health emergencies, movement of migrant labourers, care for the destitute, elderly citizens and women, food/ration for needy and hungry, maintaining essential supplies, etc,” Shrivastava said, according to a release by Delhi Police.
SN Shrivastava also added that working towards public acceptance of coronavirus appropriate behaviour (CAB) and placing measures for voluntary and systemic adoption, to tone down the need for coercive enforcement will be among the important objectives of the committees.
Mentioning that compliance of coronavirus norms is voluntary, but also every citizen’s responsibility and duty, which cannot always be achieved through coercive challans, Shrivastava said, “Police is to prosecute the violations which should be the minimum occurrence and not a norm.”
The Coronavirus Cell at Police Headquarters would also be upgraded to a Public Health Emergency Management Cell to supervise the committees, the police added.
India’s COVID-19 Tally
Witnessing a slight dip of 1,727 cases from the previous day, India on Saturday (June 19) recorded 60,753 new COVID-19 cases, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 1,647 deaths were reported during the same period as recoveries rose from 88,977 on Friday to 97,743 on Saturday. Active cases in the country have declined by 38,637 in the past 24 hours to 7,60,019 which is the lowest in 74 days.
With these additions, the total caseload of the nation has now risen to 2,98,23,546. 3,85,137 people have succumbed to the virus since last year while 2,86,78,390 people have recovered from it.