Containment, warning: Govt points new SOPs amid spurt

New Delhi, November 25

Amid a spurt in Covid-19 cases in some areas, the Centre on Wednesday said states and union territories could impose local restrictions like night curfew to check the spread of the virus but made it clear that they would have to consult it before imposing any lockdown outside the containment zones.

Noting that the main focus was to consolidate the substantial gains that have been achieved against the spread of Covid in the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued guidelines for “surveillance, containment and caution”, which will be effective from December 1 to 31.

The MHA said there was a need to “strictly follow the prescribed containment strategy”. The local authorities will be responsible for ensuring that the prescribed containment measures are strictly followed. “States and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may impose local restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19,” it said.

There shall be no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement of people and goods, and for cross land-border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission will be required for such movements, it added. — TNS

Unattended symptoms causing complications

Doctors are reporting heavy rush of patients who first left their Covid symptoms unattended and later thronged hospitals with complications like high fever, muscle ache, stroke, leg thrombosis, lung fibrosis. TNS

Punjab Night curfew from December 1, mask fine up

Chandigarh: Fearing a second wave, the Punjab CM has issued fresh restrictions, including reimposition of night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am and doubling of fine for not wearing masks or following social distancing norms.

In Haryana, 42 deaths in 24 hrs

Chandigarh: Haryana on Wednesday reported 42 deaths, the highest for a 24-hour period. Six deaths each were reported from Faridabad and Panipat. “On November 24, there were 33 casualties, the second highest,” said the Health Services DG, Dr SB Kamboj.

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