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Advisory regarding containing and management of COVID-19 in National Parks/Sanctuaries/Tiger Reserves.

Why in news?

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has issued an advisory regarding containing and management of COVID-19 in National Parks/Sanctuaries/Tiger Reserves as it is felt that there are possibilities of spread of the virus amongst animals in National Parks/Sanctuaries/Tiger Reserves and also transmission of the virus from humans to animals and vice-versa.

Details:

The advisory has asked the Chief Wildlife Wardens of all States/UTs to:

  • Take immediate preventive measures to stop the transmission and spread of the virus from humans to animals and vice versa, in National Parks/Sanctuaries/Tiger Reserves.
  • Reduce the human-wildlife interface.
  • Restrict the movement of people to National Parks/Sanctuaries/Tiger Reserves.
  • Constitute a Task Force/Rapid Action Force with field managers, veterinary doctors, frontline staff, to manage the situation as quickly as possible.
  • Create a ‘round the clock’ reporting mechanism with a Nodal Officer for swift management of any cases noticed.
  • Set up essential services for emergency treatment of animals and their safe release back to their natural habitats, as and when required.
  • Enhance disease surveillance, mapping and monitoring system through coordinated effort amongst various Departments.

Extra: Read about Wildlife Act-1972

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