The Union Health Ministry on Monday submitted a report to the Election Commission on the current Covid19 situation in the country.
According to a media report, the Union Health Ministry informed the Election Commission about the rising numbers of Covid19 cases, new variant Omicron and also the current status of the country’s vaccination coverage.
The report quoted a source with the ministry as saying that the Election Commission and the Union Health Ministry discussed the rising cases of the new Covid variant Omicron across the country with special focus on the 5 poll-bound states.
Assembly elections are due in 5 states – Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand in 2022.
Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan presented a detailed report on the transmissibility of the Omicron variant in the poll-bound states.
Regarding the Omicron spread in the next 3 months, the Union health secretary reportedly said nothing can be said at this moment.
In the meeting, the health secretary reportedly said the daily Covid19 caseload can see around 25% jump in the next few months as per the present rate of infection.
According to sources, the schedule for the Assembly elections 2022 is likely be announced in the first week of January.
It has been reported that the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and other officials are scheduled to visit Uttar Pradesh to take stock of the poll preparedness in the state on Tuesday.