New Delhi. Due to the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in some places across the country and the fear of a possible third wave, several state governments have imposed new restrictions to control the spread of the infection. Starting from the resumption of night curfew, new guidelines to make RT-PCR testing compulsory for people coming from highly infected states have been announced in several parts of the country in recent weeks.
Also, due to relaxation of some restrictions, the state government has also issued guidelines and protocols. Significantly, some states allowed schools to reopen periodically earlier this week.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday extended restrictions imposed on the state till September 15 in the wake of the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic. According to the latest guidelines, state beaches cannot be accessed by the public on Sundays. Also, according to the earlier announcement, people are not allowed to go to the shrine on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The ban on religious ceremonies will continue. The government has allowed the reopening of schools and colleges for classes IX to XII from September 1. All school and college dormitories have been allowed to reopen for students. Working male / female hostels are also allowed to operate following standard operating procedures issued by the government.
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Late last month, the Kerala government announced that it was re-imposing a night curfew in an effort to curb the recent rise of Kovid in the state. Chief Minister Pinarayi Bijayan told reporters that there would be night curfew across the state from 10 pm to 1 am. A complete lockdown will be implemented in local organizations where the weekly infection population ratio (WIPR) is more than seven. WIPR is the number that multiplies the total number of Covid-1 infections reported within a week by 1,000 and then divided by the total population of the local organization. The Chief Minister said that the speed of the case has increased as a result of relaxing the lockdown restrictions for the Onam festival.
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The Karnataka government on Monday announced that in view of the high Covid-1 pos positivity in the neighboring state, all people coming from Kerala will be compulsorily on a week-long institutional segregation. A statement issued by the Karnataka Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said, “For people from Kerala, they have been vaccinated or their RT-PCR test report is negative … for a week of institutional isolation.” It is mandatory and needs to be tested on their seventh day. Revenue Minister R Ashok said the rule would also apply to students. “After one week of institutional isolation, all visitors, including students, will be tested for Covid-1 for,” the minister said.
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Last week, the West Bengal government said it would extend the Covid-1 restrictions in the state until September 15, but they also introduced a significant new relaxation that allowed coaching centers to operate at 50 per cent capacity. The order issued by the government said, “Wearing a mask, physical distance and compliance with health and hygiene protocols must be observed at all times.” According to PTI, the state has already allowed public buses, taxis and autorickshaws to run with 50 per cent capacity. Both private and government offices are allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity.
On Wednesday, the Assam government announced several relaxations in restrictions. These include reducing the duration of the night curfew and allowing certain classes of students to attend classes from September. The government says final year students in postgraduate, high school, nursing and other technical courses will only be able to attend classes if they receive a single dose of the covid vaccine. Hostels for these students will remain closed until they are fully vaccinated. All businesses, restaurants, resorts and showrooms across the state will be allowed to operate until 8 p.m. Meanwhile, the cinema hall will remain closed.
After identifying more contagious forms of Covid-1 of, the Brihannumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has directed arrivals at Mumbai airport from September or from the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh. RT-PCR testing has been made mandatory for travelers to Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe. Passengers will have to pay Rs 600 for the mandatory RT-PCR test at the airport. Under the new guidelines, all previously offered discounts – i.e. for fully vaccinated international travelers who have completed 15 days of the second dose – will not apply from September to September.
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