In light of the rising concerns over the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases all around the world, the Gauhati Medical College of Assam organized a mock drill on the 27th of December, 2022 to check COVID preparedness, including availability of beds and manpower to tackle the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. This mock drill was conducted following PM Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya’s announcement of the urgency of a national mock drill in order to assess the preparedness of hospitals and their staff’s ability to identify and manage emergency responses for handling increasing COVID-19 cases, specifically the new BF.7 Omricon sub-type.
The Union Minister had also previously encouraged states to implement genome sequencing and conduct genetic testing as well as random screening of tourists and visitors from other countries. The mock drill is a practical or a trial warning drill to provide real-time experience of screening and managing the rising COVID cases. These drills are intended to ensure all hospitals are well-equipped to deal with the sudden resurgence of the pandemic situation in this time of need.
The Union Health Ministry has also urged people to use face masks frequently, get Covid booster shots, use hand sanitizers again, and avoid social contact. Moreover, states have been urged to maintain surveillance during the upcoming winter break.