India accounts for nine per cent of all HIV-associated tuberculosis (TB) deaths in the world, the second-highest number globally. Around 9,700 people die every year among TB-HIV co-infected patients, according to The India TB report 2020, that was released on June 24, 2020.

The 16th meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 was chaired by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare via a video-conference on 09 June, 2020. The GOM was briefed about the latest status, response and management of COVID-19 in the country. A brief snapshot was presented to the GOM highlighting the comparative position of India vis-a-vis other countries in similar stage of easing lockdown, underscoring the benefits that have accrued from the lockdown and how this can be leveraged in management of disease.

In the current COVID 19 pandemic, Dentists, auxiliaries as well as patients undergoing dental procedures are at high risk of cross-infection. Most dental procedures require close contact with the patient’s oral cavity, saliva, blood, and respiratory tract secretions. Saliva is rich in COVID 19 viral load.

The basic preventive measures include simple public health measures that are to be followed to reduce the risk of infection with COVID-19. These measures need to be observed by all (employees and visitors) at all times. These include: i. Physical distancing of at least one meter to be followed at all times. ii.

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued guidelines for home quarantine of contacts and home isolation of patients who have requisite accommodation at home for self-isolation as available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforhomequarantine.pdf.

Considering the possibility of increase in cases of COVID-19, a view is taken to utilize Railway coaches for COV ID Care Centre. Railway coaches will be used for the cases suspected/ confirmed, and categorized'into very mild/ mild.

This guideline is for health care workers and others working in Non COVID hospitals and NonCOVID treatment areas of a hospital which has a COVID block.

The present guidelines are in addition to guidelines on appropriate management of suspect/confirmed case of COVID-19 issued by MoHFW on 7th April, 2020. All suspected (awaiting test results) and confirmed cases of COVID-19 disease are currently being isolated and managed in a hospital setting with the intent to break the chain of transmission.

In alignment with strategic approach, this document provides action that needs to be taken for containing a large outbreak. The actions for mitigation phase will be dealt separately under a mitigation plan. The objective of this plan is to stop the chain of transmission thus reducing the morbidity and mortality due to COVID-19.

The COVID 19 outbreak has placed unprecedented demands on our health system, Our health facilities and workforce are currently inundated by a plethora of activities related to controlling the pandemic. In doing so, there is a risk that essential health services which communities expect from the health system, would be compromised.

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