As COVID-19 cases mount, the Centre issues new guidelines for government employees; read on for more information

New Delhi: In response to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Centre has issued new guidelines, suspending biometric attendance tracking for all employees until January 31 as a precautionary measure to prevent the infection from spreading further.

Instead, all employees have been instructed to mark their attendance in attendance registers that will be manually maintained.

“As a precautionary measure, it has been decided to suspend the marking of biometric attendance in the Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system in all ministries, departments of the government of India, including its attached and subordinate offices, with immediate effect until January 31, 2022,” the Department of Personnel said in an order.

According to the ministry’s guidelines, all department heads must ensure that all employees wear masks at all times and adhere to Covid-appropriate behavior.

On Monday, India saw a single-day increase of 33,750 Covid cases in a 24-hour period.

The active caseload has also increased to 1,45,582, accounting for 0.42 percent of all positive cases in the country. With 123 new deaths on Monday, the total number of deaths has risen to 4,81,893.

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