Center issues new directives to stop Covid spread, districts to turn into containment zones

Under the new guidelines, the government has asked union territories and states to identify the districts with a 10 percent Covid19 infection rate or more than 60%bed filling rate in the last week.


The second wave of coronavirus is wreaking havoc in India. The country is reporting more than three lakh cases in a single day and is recording thousands of fatalities. The health system of the nation has collapsed due to a lack of oxygen supply and other medical facilities.

Amid these unprecedented times, the center has issued an advisory for May month to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus pandemic. In the recently generated directive issued on Friday, the Center has ordered states and union territories to create local containment zones in districts to prevent the spread of the virus. However, the Union Home Ministry did not give any statement regarding the nationwide lockdown.

Under the new guidelines, the government has asked union territories and states to identify the districts with a 10 percent Covid19 infection rate or more than 60%bed filling rate in the last week.  Any district meeting these standards will be turned into intensive and local containment zones.

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Also, the areas with a high number of coronavirus cases will go under isolation and any movement at night will be suspended. However, the supply of essentials and emergency movement will be allowed. Gatherings whether it be social, political, sports, entertainment, cultural or religious will be completely banned.

According to the new guidelines, wedding ceremonies will be attended by only 50 people while only 20 people can attend the funeral. Public transport will run at 50 percent of its capacity. The center has also asked states to conduct health-related assessments to prepare for current and coming times. Data must be arranged to manage the increasing number of cases and provide patients with beds, oxygen, ambulances, and other related facilities.

The country has crossed the three million mark on April 29 and has reported 386,452 fresh covid cases in the last 24 hours and around 3,498 patients lost their lives to coronavirus.

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