Centre releases new coronavirus guidelines from December 1, states permitted to impose night curfew

Taking into consideration, the increasing cases of corona infection in different parts of the country, the Union Home Ministry has asked all the states and union territories to strictly implement the guidelines and precautionary measures and standard operating procedures. The Ministry issued an order on Wednesday to issue guidelines for monitoring, measures, and vigilance to curb Covid infection which will come into effect from December 1. The ministry has asked all the states and union territories to implement these guidelines strictly. This time the focus of the government is to control the crowd. These guidelines of the government will be effective from December 1 and will remain in force till December 31. The Ministry of Home Affairs said that the main focus of the guidelines is to maintain the control achieved against the proliferation of Covid-19, which is reflected by the steady decline in the number of active cases in the country.

States to impose local restrictions including night curfews

According to the new guidelines, which are going to come into effect from 1 December. States have been empowered to impose local restrictions including night curfews. These guidelines will be applicable till 31 December. A press release from the Ministry of Home Affairs states that the state and the union territory may impose local sanctions, including night curfews, in the context of preventing Covid-19 based on an assessment of the state’s condition. However, states and union territories cannot impose a lockdown in local areas other than the Containment Zone without consulting the Central Government. The Ministry of Home Affairs has also said that the local district, police and municipal corporation officials will be responsible for ensuring that the prescribed prevention measures are strictly followed.

It has been emphasized in the guidelines that steps should be taken to strengthen it by retaining the success which the country has achieved so far in the campaign against the pandemic. It has been emphasized that all the guidelines in the Containment Zone should be fully implemented and only mandatory services or activities should be allowed there. 

It has been asked to completely stop the entry and exit in the Containment Zones. Special precaution has also been asked to be taken in crowded areas. States and Union Territories have been asked to take precautions in view of festivals and the winter season and implement the guidelines and standard operating procedure at all levels. District, Local Administration, Municipal Corporation and Police, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Union Health and Family Welfare has been made accountable and has also been asked to ensure accountability of officials. The guidelines ask state governments to limit the number of people attending social and religious ceremonies to a hundred and even reduce it further if needed. 

Unlock 1.0 was announced in June

The government first imposed a nationwide lockdown in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus, when the infection was at its peak. After this, Unlock 1.0 was announced in June, under which restaurants, shopping malls, etc. were opened. Since then the government has been opening the economy slowly.

But with the recent increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases in certain cities, the pandemic is again gaining ground. Experts have also warned that the situation may worsen in winter. Therefore, the government has urged the people to follow the protocol.

How is the pandemic situation in India right now?

In India, 44,376 new cases of coronavirus infection were reported in one day, after which the total cases reached 9 million. With this, the number of patients recovering increased to 8.6 million. The Ministry of Health gave this information on Wednesday. According to data provided by the ministry at eight on Wednesday morning, the total cases in the country increased to 92,22,216. 

According to the data, 481 more patients died from Covid-19 after which the total number of deaths reached 1,34,699. Currently, 4,44,746 patients of Covid-19 are undergoing treatment in the country. This number is 6,079 more than Tuesday. According to the data, the number of treatment-undergoing patients remained less than five lakhs for the fifteenth consecutive day. It is 4.82 percent of the total cases of infection. 

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