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

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

    Written by Abhishek De
    | New Delhi |

    Upgraded: November 22, 2020 8: 39: 29 pm





    The Union Health Ministry said main teams have actually been sent out to states reporting an increase in the variety of active cases.

    After Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Manipur, the Centre has deputed high-level main teams to Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh in view of the spike in Covid-19 cases in these states. The development comes on the background of several states in north and main India choosing to restore night curfews in districts witnessing a spike in infections amidst the festive season even as the nation reported less than 50,000 fresh day-to-day cases for the 15 th successive day, taking its tally to 90.95 lakh.

    The Union Health Ministry said central teams have been sent to states reporting a rise in the variety of active cases. “The teams will check out the districts reporting a high variety of Covid-19 cases and support the state efforts towards enhancing containment, surveillance, screening, infection avoidance and control measures, and effective scientific management of the favorable cases,” the ministry stated in a statement.

    The number of active cases in the nation has actually remained below five lakh for the 12 th successive day now. Up until now, 26 states and Union Territories have less than 20,000 active cases, while seven states have active cases in between 20,000 and 50,000 Only Maharashtra and Kerala have more than 50,000 active cases.

    Delhi and Kerala continue to contribute the optimum variety of brand-new Covid-19 cases in the country, reporting more than 5,000 cases daily. “The spillover result is being observed in the NCR areas within the states of Haryana and Rajasthan,” the Health Ministry had stated.

    Delhi lockdown, Delhi news, Delhi covid cases, Delhi corona news, Delhi markets lockdown, Delhi wedding capacity, Indian Express A Delhi local buys winter clothes at a roadside market in New Delhi (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

    With Delhi experiencing a third wave, the Centre, stepping in for a second time, revealed a variety of steps– including more ICU beds, doubling the variety of everyday RT-PCR tests and performing house-to-house studies. All private medical facilities in the capital have been asked to reserve 80 percent of their ICU beds and as much as 60 percent of normal beds for Covid-19 clients. The penalty for not using masks has likewise been increased four-fold, from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000

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    Maharashtra is likewise thinking about cutting or terminating flights and trains to the national capital to check a 2nd wave of infections in the state, which has likewise been reporting over 5,000 cases. Maharashtra also witnessed a jump in cases, recording 5,760 cases on Saturday– a 17- day high. BMC has directed all schools in Mumbai to stay closed till December 31.

    Telangana has been reporting an average of 950 cases, with everyday infections crossing the 1,000- mark just once considering that November 15.

    Neighbouring Haryana, which reported over 3,000 cases in a day for the very first time recently, revealed closure of schools till November 30 while Rajasthan decided to impose night curfew in 8 districts with a high variety of Covid-19 cases.

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    In November, the everyday Covid-19 count increased from 1,700 to 3,000 in Rajasthan. Markets, dining establishments, going shopping malls and other industrial facilities in the city locations of these districts will be nearby 7 pm and night curfew will exist from 8 pm to 6 pm in 8 district headquarters of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar and Bhilwara. The fine for not wearing masks has actually also been increased from Rs 200 to Rs 500.

    Market shut in Shimla Sunday due to increasing cases in Himachal Pradesh

    From Saturday, night curfew (10 pm to 6 am) has actually likewise been imposed in five districts of Madhya Pradesh– Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Ratlam and Vidisha– where the positivity rate is over 5 percent. The state reported 1,500 cases on Friday– its highest count in the past 40 days. The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government has likewise decided to close schools approximately Class 8 till December 31.

    No social distancing was observed at Rock Garden in Chandigarh

    Gujarat too is experiencing a rise in infections, reporting 1,515 coronavirus cases on Saturday– its greatest daily rise given that the break out of the infection in March– with Ahmedabad becoming a hotspot. The Gujarat city is under “complete curfew” till Monday early morning, with just shops offering milk and medicines remaining open. A night curfew will be imposed forever Monday night onwards in Ahmedabad. A night curfew in between 9 pm and 6 am is already in place in Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara from Saturday.

    On the other hand, southern states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha continued to see a dip in cases. Active cases dropped to 12,542 on Saturday in Tamil Nadu as the state records nearly 50 per cent less daily brand-new infections as compared to last month. This has led to the government permitting resuming of schools for 9th and 12 th basic and opening of cinema halls.

    Similarly, Odisha has likewise seen a sharp decrease in cases, reporting an average of 660 cases daily in the week ending November 22– down from over 1,600 cases it was reporting a month previously. Andhra Pradesh has actually also now reported less than 2,000 brand-new coronavirus infections for the 13 th consecutive day. Telangana has been reporting an average of 950 cases, with daily infections crossing the 1,000- mark only as soon as since November 15.

    Strict authorities checking at Vadodara after curfew is imposed from 9 pm to 6 am On Saturday

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