ficci: Ficci, CII focus on bed occupancy in fight against Covid

NEW DELHI: Industry associations – CII and Ficci – have proposed a phased, highly localized plan for Covid-affected areas, linked to hospital bed occupancy, rather than a nationwide strategy, as opposed to the current system of restrictions implemented in this case apply count increases.
For example, CII has proposed a plan to allow only half of fully vaccinated employees in government and private offices if hospital occupancy is up to 75%. As more beds are occupied, the number of vaccinated staff allowed into offices should be reduced to 30%, she suggested. Similarly, Ficci has proposed a four-step phased action plan under which educational institutions will only close if infections enter the high-risk zone, where 60% of hospital beds are occupied and current active cases are above 250% of the peak of the second wave. “We recommend no distinction between essential and non-essential activities, and also an overarching criterion that industrial activity is not hampered if 75% of a unit’s workforce is fully vaccinated,” wrote Ficci President Sanjiv Mehta to Trade and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal.
However, some of the suggestions are linked to vaccinations. For example, only two vaccinated passengers in taxis and tricycles in a medium risk scenario with 40-60% hospital bed occupancy or 150-250% active cases compared to the peak of the second wave. Companies have argued that the on and off policy associated with the number of positive cases is hurting the economy. and a micro-containment strategy will be more beneficial.
For sectors like construction, which have been hit hard, CII has proposed allowing fully vaccinated workers on site, even if hospital occupancy is above 50%.
Also, it was said that the micro-containment strategy should be dynamic at Mohalla or village level and the whole district should not be subject to any restrictions.

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