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Punjab, Kerala and Karnataka Impose Tighter Restrictions Amid Rise of Covid: Key Points | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Covid-19 situation continues to be grim in India with 3,52,991 people testing positive and a record 2,812 deaths reported Monday.
In the seven days between April 18 and April 25, India reported 22.49 lakh of cases, which is the highest number of cases reported by any country in any seven-day period since the start of the pandemic.

Several states imposed stricter restrictions to stop the spread of Covid-19. The government also called on people not to panic over the current Covid-19 situation, saying that unnecessary panic causes more harm than good.
PM Modi reviews the preparations of the Armed Forces to assist in COVID-19 administration
The Chief of Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, informed the Prime Minister that all medical personnel of the armed forces who have retired or retired prematurely in the last 2 years are being called to work at the Covid facilities. near his current place of residence, said a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
“Other medical officers who retired earlier have also been asked to make their services available for consultation through the emergency medical help lines.”
“All medical officers with personnel appointments in Command HQ, Corps HQ, Division HQ and similar HQs of the Navy and Air Force will be employed in hospitals,” the PMO statement said.
Punajab government announces night curfew from 6 pm to 5 am
In an attempt to address the spread of the coronavirus, the Punjab government ordered stores to close at 5 p.m. and extended the overnight curfew by two hours.
“All the stores will remain open until 5 pm,” Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar said, addressing the media after a cabinet meeting here on Monday.
He said the nightly curfew will now be imposed starting at 6 p.m. in the state. Currently, curfew restrictions remain in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day.
Implement an intensive local containment framework to prevent the spread of Covid: MHA to the states
With India reeling from an unprecedented Covid crisis, the Center on Monday issued a detailed containment plan for states to curb the rapid spread of infections in the worst affected areas. In a letter to all states / UT, the Union Secretary of the Interior Ajay Bhalla said there is an urgent need to consider strict control and management measures for Covid in the areas of increase to control the situation.
He said that all states and territories in the Union must implement an intensive, local and focused containment framework, emphasizing specific districts and areas to break the chain of transmission.
The guidelines stated that where there are clusters of cases, quarantining individuals or families will not help.
‘Wear masks even inside your homes’: government tells citizens
On Monday, the Center called on people not to panic over the current Covid-19 situation, saying that unnecessary panic causes more harm than good. At a press conference, the Union Health Ministry said that Maharashtra, UP, Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu have more than one lakh of active Covid cases.
The government stressed the prudent use of oxygen, saying that many people are found to occupy hospital beds out of panic and urged citizens to admit only on the advice of doctors.
“India has enough oxygen reserve, the problem is its transportation. There is absolutely no need to panic about oxygen while we are trying to solve the problem of its transportation,” the government said amid a surge in demand.
Karnataka government announces statewide lockdown for 14 days starting Tuesday
Karnataka’s government announced more restrictions on Monday in what it called a statewide ‘shutdown’ for 14 days starting Tuesday night in a bid to stem the huge spike in Covid-19 cases in the state.
The state cabinet headed by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa also decided to provide free Covid-19 vaccines in government hospitals for people between the ages of 18 and 44.
“Strict measures will be taken to control Covid. From tomorrow night until the next 14 days, there will be a shutdown for the entire state,” Yediyurappa said.
Kerala imposes stricter restrictions; theaters, shopping malls, gyms to stay closed
An all-party meeting held today has decided not to impose a complete lockdown on the state for the time being; curbs will be strictly enforced in containment zones; restrictions similar to lockdowns on weekends will continue; the stores will only be able to operate until 7:30 pm. Strict restrictions will apply on counting day, May 2.
HSE and VHSE practical exams have also been postponed. Meanwhile, the state has revised discharge guidelines for Covid-19 patients. Kerala recorded its highest peak in a single day with 28,469 new Covid cases on Sunday. The positivity rate for the test is 22.46. Yesterday, 1,94,427 people were vaccinated.
Tamil Nadu to allow Sterlite to produce oxygen, bar in the operation of other units
An all-party meeting called by the Tamil Nadu government on Monday resolved to allow VedantaSterlite Industries in Tuticorin to produce oxygen over a four-month period amid a surge in covid cases, paving the way for the partial reopening of the copper smelter closed in 2018 over contamination concerns.
The unit was sealed off by the state government in May 2018, days after 13 rioters were shot to death by police during a violent protest against Sterlite in the southern district.
On Monday, the meeting chaired by Prime Minister K Palaniswami, attended by the main opposition party DMK, among others, resolved to allow Sterlite to produce oxygen from its plant in Tuticorin, days after Vedanta moved the Supreme Court in this sense.
Oxygen Express to Cross the Cumulative Delivery of 450 Million Tons of Oxygen for Tomorrow Morning: Government
Since the first train of empty tankers left for Vizag from the Mumbai region a few days ago, Indian Railways has safely transported more than 302 MT of oxygen to various states. Another 154 MT of liquid medical oxygen is on the way.
An Oxygen Express train carrying 4 tankers is expected to arrive in Delhi from Raigarh (Chhattisgarh) early tomorrow morning, Railways said in a statement.
For the residents of Maharashtra, a train carrying 44 MT (in 3 tanker trucks) arrived today in Kalamboli (near Mumbai) from Hapa (Rajkot, Gujarat).
Steel plants reduce liquid oxygen storage to increase supply
Steel plants have reduced their oxygen stock to just half a day from 3.5 days earlier to cover shortages of the life-saving gas used to treat Covid-19 patients, an official statement said Monday.
“Plants are normally required to maintain 3.5 days of safety stocks of LMOs (liquid medical oxygen) in their storage tanks. Through ongoing engagement with steel producers, stocks have been reduced to 0.5 days due to which the supply of LMOs has increased significantly, “the Steel Ministry said in the statement.

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