Covid-19: Night curfews, restrictions back in some north, central states; south sees dip

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Written by Abhishek De
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Updated: Nov 22, 2020 8:39:29 PM


The Union Health Ministry said central teams have been dispatched to states reporting an increase in the number of active cases.

After Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Manipur, the Center has delegated high-level central teams to Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh in view of the peak of Covid-19 cases in these states. The development takes place against a background of several states in northern and central India deciding to bring back nighttime curfews to districts where the number of infections rose during the holiday season even as the country reported fewer than 50,000 fresh daily cases for the 15th day in a row, bringing its total to 90.95 lakh.

The Union Health Ministry said central teams have been dispatched to states reporting an increase in the number of active cases. “Teams will visit districts reporting high numbers of Covid-19 cases and support state efforts to strengthen containment, surveillance, screening, infection prevention and control measures and management effective clinical positive cases, ”the ministry said in a statement. declaration.

The number of active cases in the country has remained below five lakh for the 12th day in a row now. So far, 26 states and Union Territories have less than 20,000 active cases, while seven states have active cases between 20,000 and 50,000. Only Maharashtra and Kerala have more than 50,000 active cases.

Delhi and Kerala continue to contribute to the maximum number of new cases of Covid-19 in the country, reporting more than 5,000 cases per day. “The ripple effect is observed in the regions of the NCR of the states of Haryana and Rajasthan,” said the Ministry of Health.

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As Delhi witnessed a third wave, the Center, intervening for the second time, announced a series of steps – adding more intensive care beds, doubling the number of daily RT-PCR tests and carrying out door-to-door surveys. All private hospitals in the capital have been asked to reserve 80% of their intensive care beds and up to 60% of normal beds for patients with Covid-19. The penalty for not wearing a mask has also quadrupled, from Rs 500 to Rs 2000.

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Maharashtra is also considering reducing or interrupting flights and trains to the nation’s capital to control a second wave of infections in the state, which has also reported more than 5,000 cases. Maharashtra has also witnessed an increase in cases, registering 5,760 cases on Saturday, a high of 17 days. BMC has ordered all schools in Mumbai to remain closed until December 31.

Telangana has reported an average of 950 cases, with daily infections only crossing the 1,000 mark once since November 15.

Neighbor Haryana, who reported more than 3,000 cases per day for the first time last week, announced the closure of schools until November 30. Rajasthan has decided to impose a nighttime curfew in eight districts with a high number of Covid-19 cases.

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In November, the daily Covid-19 tally fell from 1,700 to 3,000 in Rajasthan. Markets, restaurants, malls and other commercial establishments in the urban areas of these neighborhoods will be closed at 7:00 p.m. and there will be a nighttime curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the 8 district headquarters of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar and Bhilwara. The fine for not wearing a mask has also been increased from Rs 200 to Rs 500.

Market closed in Shimla on Sunday due to increased cases in Himachal Pradesh

As of Saturday, a nighttime curfew (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.) has also been imposed in five districts of Madhya Pradesh – Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Ratlam and Vidisha – where the positivity rate is over 5%. . The state reported 1,500 cases on Friday – its highest number in the past 40 days. the Shivraj Singh Chouhan The government also decided to close schools up to grade 8 until December 31.

No social distancing has been observed at Rock Garden in Chandigarh

Gujarat also sees an increase in infections, reporting 1515 coronavirus Saturday – its biggest daily increase since the infection outbreak in March – with Ahmedabad emerging as a hot spot. The city of Gujarat is under a “full curfew” until Monday morning, with only stores selling milk and medicines remaining open. A nighttime curfew will be imposed indefinitely on Monday evening in Ahmedabad. A nighttime curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. is already in place in Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara from Saturday.

In contrast, southern states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha continued to see a drop in cases. Active cases fell to 12,542 in Tamil Nadu on Saturday as the state records nearly 50% fewer new daily infections compared to last month. This led the government to allow the reopening of grade 9 and 12 schools and the opening of movie theaters.

Likewise, Odisha also saw a sharp decline in cases, reporting an average of 660 cases per day in the week ending November 22 – up from more than 1,600 cases reported a month earlier. Andhra Pradesh also reported fewer than 2,000 new coronavirus infections for the 13th day in a row. Telangana has reported an average of 950 cases, with daily infections only crossing the 1,000 mark once since November 15.

Strict police control in Vadodara after curfew was imposed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturdays

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