CAPF, Army boost measures to check spread of COVID-19

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

Published: March 19, 2020 3:42:07 am

At the quarantine facility in Manesar set up by the army. (Express photo by Gajendra Yadav/File)

The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have cancelled all non-emergency leaves of its personnel and asked them to get into “battle mode” to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In a four-page directive issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), personnel have been asked to avoid meetings, not give administrative work to medical staff, postpone routine medical examinations to test fitness, allocate more finances for disinfectants and not spread unscientific information on social media, among other measures.

Calling COVID-19 “the most infectious virus the world has seen in recent times”, the directive says, “The only thing that is likely to slow the exponential growth and spread of the infection is measures for prevention of community transmission …There is a need to get into battle mode and plan ahead, not only in theory but through practical demonstration and drills.”

Laying emphasis on the need to cut travel risk, advisory says, “All non-emergency leave of any kind may be cancelled forthwith. … Avoid international or…

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