Avoid large gatherings while celebrating I-Day: Centre to states

NEW DELHI, 12 Aug: As the country continues to record an average of over 15,000 coronavirus cases daily, the Centre has asked the states to ensure that there are no large gatherings for Independence Day celebrations, and that everyone follows Covid protocols.
The union home ministry has also conveyed to all states and union territories to carry out a ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign at a prominent location of each district in the state and UT and carry out a fortnight and month-long campaign to keep it ‘swachh’ through voluntary civil action.
In a communication, the ministry said, “As a precaution against Covid-19, large congregations in the ceremony be avoided. It is imperative that Covid guidelines are followed.”
India added 16,561 new coronavirus cases, taking the total tally of Covid cases to 4,42,23,557, while the active cases dipped to 1,23,535, according to the union health ministry data updated on Friday.
The death toll climbed to 5,26,928 with 49 fatalities which include 10 deaths reconciled by Kerala, the data updated at 8 am stated.
The home ministry also asked government departments and educational institutions to carry out tree plantation programmes to spread awareness on conservation of environment. (PTI)