Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday wrote to Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to follow the Covid-19 norms or “suspend” the ongoing party’s Bharat Jodo Yatra.
The Health Minister wrote the letter in view of increasing in Covid cases in China , US , South Korea and other countries around the world.
In the letter written to Rahul Gandhi and Ashok Gehlot, Mandaviya said that Covid guidelines should be strictly followed during Bharat Jodo Yatra and the use of masks and sanitisers can be implemented.
“Only vaccinated people should participate in the Bharat Jodo Yatra. Follow covid rules or suspend yatra,” read the letter.
the Union Health Minister also requested that if following COVID protocol is not possible then the Bharat Jodo Yatra be “postponed” in the national interest, taking note of the public health emergency.
Mandaviya said he was writing the letter after some members of Parliament wrote to him and raised concerns regarding the yatra and possible spread of Covid.
Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry is also holding a high level meeting in New Delhi to review the Covid situation in the country.