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MHA Allows States to Impose Local Restrictions | India News

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NEW DELHI: Considering the new increase in Covid-19 cases in some parts of the country, the new Interior Ministry guidelines valid until April oblige states and UT to strictly enforce the ‘test-follow-treatment protocol ‘and also allow states to impose local restrictions at the district, sub-district, city and district levels.
All activities shall continue to be permitted outside of the containment zones with prescribed SOPs for various activities such as movement in passenger trains, air travel, subway trains, schools, institutions of higher education, hotels and restaurants, shopping malls, complexes and parks of entertainment, yoga centers and gyms. , exhibitions, assemblies and congregations.
The Center has called on states to ensure that appropriate Covid behavior is observed, including by imposing appropriate fines and efforts to scale up the vaccination campaign.
Developing the ‘test-follow-up-treatment’ protocol, the Interior Ministry said states and UT, where the proportion of RT-PCR tests is lower, should rapidly increase it to reach the prescribed level of 70% or more.
New positive cases, detected as a result of intensive testing, should be isolated / quarantined as soon as possible and treated promptly. Also, per protocol, your contacts should be traced as soon as possible and similarly isolated / quarantined, per guidelines.
While claiming that the vaccination campaign was progressing smoothly, the Interior Ministry said it was cause for concern that the pace was uneven across states and UT. Qualifying vaccination against Covid-19 as critical to breaking the chain of transmission, the ministry called on all state / UT governments to quickly accelerate the pace of vaccination, to cover all priority groups expeditiously.
The main focus of the guidelines, MHA said, is to consolidate the substantial gains made in containing the spread of Covid-19, which was visible in the sustained decline in the number of active cases, continuously for about five months.
State / UT governments have been asked to take all necessary measures to promote appropriate Covid-19 behavior in workplaces and in public, especially in crowded places. For the strict enforcement of the use of face masks, hand hygiene and social distancing, states and UT may consider administrative actions, including imposing appropriate fines, the Interior Ministry said.

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