With the pandemic ravaging in the US and Europe, the Centre has extended the Unlock 5 guidelines. The reason provided for such gradual reopening was, that albeit the ministry wants India to progress, the pandemic hasn’t ended.
The Central government on Tuesday 27th October, had further extended the COVID-19 guidelines. The ‘Unlock 5’ guidelines have been lengthened to 30th November. So far, no new rules or changes have been made the Centre in the guidelines.
The Ministry of Home Affairs declared that a decision would be taken pertaining to certain regions with huge crowds after evaluating the situation. Previously, the Centre had permitted gradual reopening of cinemas with 50% capacity, schools and other places. However, the final call was bestowed on the hands of the state government. Places marked “high degree of a risk of COVID-19 infections” were allowed to open up as well with restrictions in place.
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The reason provided for such gradual reopening was, that albeit the ministry wants India to progress, the pandemic hasn’t ended. The Centre also requested the citizens to follow the ‘Jan Andolan’ mantra proposed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As well follow the social distancing and COVID-19 rules laid down previously. The statement released by the Government read: “There is an urgent need to instill a sense of discipline and ownership amongst citizens in order that the resumption of activities is successful and gains made in the management of the pandemic are not diluted.”
The government in September had mollified the restrictions on public gatherings. They permitted at the most 100 people to come together for social, cultural and religious reasons. The lockdown in containment zones have been further extended till 31st November. Barring those allowed by the Centre, international travel will continue to be stalled until further notice. However, no restrictions will be imposed on inter and intra state travel in the nation. The susceptible demographics were advised to venture out only when necessary.
Coronavirus cases in India surged to 7.9 million on Tuesday with 36,470 new cases reported. The nation reported 488 new deaths which took the toll to 1,19,502. India’s active cases dipped to 6,25,857. While the number of recovered patients rose to 72,01,070 as the recovery rate crossed 90%. (Source: Scroll.in)