Coronavirus Cases in India:As COVID-19 cases across the country are rising back again gradually, states that report the greatest number of cases are on high alert and have imposed new restrictions back again for public to strictly adhere to them. Restrictions are currently being issued and placed on celebrations of Holi festival on large areas with large public gatherings.
Delhi’s DDMA (Delhi Disaster Management Authority) has issued notices to prohibit celebrating festivals like Holi, Shab-e-bharat and Navaratri in public places with large gatherings. Delhi on Tuesday reported 1,109 cases in total with 4 deaths. Yesterday was the first time since December that Delhi witnessed 1,000+ COVID-19 cases.
Delhi’s Chief Secretary has issued notice to officials on the field to ensure strict compliance of public with the new regulations. Similarly, Mumbai’s (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) has also issued notice to avoid celebrating Holi on March 28th, 29th on public places with large gatherings. Maharashtra has been contributing to the majority number of cases since the onset of the pandemic in the country.
Telengana’s Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy has made her statement in the state assembly that all educational institutions like schools, colleges will be shut back and institutions will resume online education for students again. She stated clearly that this is applicable for all public and private educational institutions, except medical colleges.
In Odisha, the state’s Chief secretary has issued new restrictions designated to come into effect from March 26th. Restrictions on the number of individuals at certain congregations has been issued. What was 500 people for marriages and 200 people for funerals, has now been significantly cut down to 200 for marriages and just 50 for funerals.
Gatherings at closed places has been cut down to just 50% of the total capacity of the closed locations like halls. In an open space gathering, appropriate amount spaces should be left to maintain social distancing and other physical distancing norms from person to person. Any violations will be punished under Disaster Management Act 2005, the chief secretary say.
The MHA issued its guidelines for the month of April. In which they stressed health departments to follow test-track-treat protocols along with the new vaccination protocols. It also advised to increase RT-PCR tests. Containment zones will be demarcated based on the number of positive cases within an area, it said.