Updated: April 26, 2021 8:47:45 pm
With the Covid-19 surge showing no signs of abating, several states have clamped stringent restrictions, including lockdowns, and night and weekend curfews in their bid to stem the spread of the virus.
India recorded over 3.52 lakh new Covid-19 cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am Monday, taking the country’s total infections to over 1.73 crore. Out of these, over 28 lakh cases are currently active while 1.43 crore people have recovered after testing positive. With 2,812 new fatalities, the death toll is now over 1.95 lakh.
Here’s a list of states that have put in place fresh Covid-related restrictions
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday announced a 14-day lockdown that will come into force in the state from 9 pm tomorrow to curb the spread of Covid-19. No public transport will be allowed to ply on the roads, but shops selling essential commodities will remain open from 6 am to 10 am every day, Yediyurappa said.
“From tomorrow night for 14 days, there will be a full shutdown in the whole state,” Yediyurappa said, after chairing a cabinet meeting. The CM said that industries, other than the garment sector, could function during the shutdown.
Yediyurappa indicated that inter-state and intra-state travel, other than movement of goods and cargo, will not be permitted during the shutdown. However, people wanting to be vaccinated will be allowed to get their vaccinations, he said. The government will also seek postponement of all polls in the state for six months, he said.
Citing the stubbornly high positivity rate in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has extended the lockdown in the national capital for another week – until 5 am on May 3. Delhi, recording with overwhelmingly large number of cases each day, had earlier imposed a week-long lockdown from April 19. Under the Delhi lockdown, private offices, construction work, cinemas, and weekly markets will also remain suspended. Schools, colleges, coaching institutes will remain closed as well. Persons going for Covid-19 testing or vaccination shall be allowed on the production of valid ID cards, states the order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority. Medical attendants will also be allowed to attend to patients on the production of ID-card, prescription and other medical documents.
E-passes will be issued to people engaged in running shops selling medicines, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish; people working in banks, telecom/ internet services, private security services. Buses, cabs, autos and Delhi Metro will ferry passengers coming under the exempted categories only.
Restaurants and eateries will be allowed to offer takeaway and home delivery services. Other than food, delivery of all essential goods related to medical equipment and medicines will also be allowed.
Apart from these, Delhi Police will allow movement of individuals who have a train or flight or bus to catch on the production of valid tickets. Those going to the airport or rail stations or bus terminals to pick up someone will also be allowed.
The Supreme Court has put on hold the Allahabad High Court order imposing “almost complete lockdown/curfew in five major cities of Uttar Pradesh”. Issuing notice on an urgent plea by the state, a Bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said that “until further orders, there shall be an ad interim stay of the impugned order passed by the High Court”.
The Allahabad High Court had directed the Uttar Pradesh government to impose a one-week lockdown in Allahabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar and Gorakhpur. Earlier, the UP government had announced a 35-hour curfew across the state — from 8 pm on Saturday till 7 am on Monday. “Essential services, polling officials for the Panchayat polls, health and sanitation workers will be exempted from the curfew,” read an order issued by Chief Secretary RK Tewari.
The state government, however, had said a complete lockdown in the five districts was not an option, with Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Navneet Sahgal saying the government would impose further restrictions, but that, apart from saving lives, it had to also think of livelihoods.
After the meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the media that all political parties have agreed to the stand of the government that the state need not go for complete lockdown at this stage.
The Chief Minister said although curbs would be made stricter, the government does not want to see construction and manufacturing sectors coming to a standstill. “All productive sectors should move ahead with the economic activities. Hence, the government is dropping the idea of complete lockdown. Agriculture, industry, SMEs, NREGS and such sectors should function to maintain Covid-19 protocol,’’ he said.
In view of the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases, Punjab Tuesday decided to impose a night curfew throughout the state from 8 pm to 5 am. Coaching institutes, gyms, bars and cinemas shall remain shut till April 30.
Gatherings of over 20, including weddings and funerals are banned. People flying into Punjab will be mandatorily required to produce RT-PCR negative report mandatorily. Restaurants and eating places in hotels will remain closed on Sundays and allowed takeaways on other days of the week.
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Maharashtra declared a statewide curfew from April 14 till May 1 in view of the rising Covid cases and shortage of healthcare essentials like ICU beds and medical oxygen. To prevent the gathering, section 144 of CrPC has been put in place throughout the state. All establishments, public places, and services will remain closed unless those in the essential services category.
This includes hospitals, diagnostic centres, clinics, vaccinations, medical insurance offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, other medical and health services among others.
Groceries, vegetable shops, fruit vendors, dairies, bakeries, confectionaries and all type of food shops can remain open. Public transport such as airplanes, trains, taxis, autos and public buses are allowed. Transport of goods, export-import of all commodities and E-commerce (only for supply of essential goods and services) are also operational. Read here the full list of exemptions
Rajasthan, which already had a weekend curfew in place, has now extended it to two more weeks till May 3 as its daily new cases crossed the 10,000 mark. Calling it ‘Jan Anushashan Pakhwara’ (Public Discipline Fortnight), the government has said essential services such as state and central government offices, health services, mandis, groceries, dairies, ration shops etc. will remain open while all non-essential private offices will be shut, while weddings and last rites will continue to be permitted as per the orders issued on April 14. Importantly, the industries and manufacturing units will continue to function, to prevent the migration of labourers.
The Chhattisgarh government has announced a total lockdown in eight districts amid a rise in Covid-19 cases, according to All India Radio news. From Saturday evening, three districts — Rajnandgaon, Bemetra and Balod – will undergo a complete lockdown. The state has already imposed a lockdown in capital Raipur and neighbouring Durg district. Jashpur, Koriya and Balodabazar will also undergo a complete lockdown from Sunday.
The lockdown in Raipur started from April 9 and will last till April 19. During the lockdown period, the border of the district is completely sealed and all shops, including those selling liquor, and commercial establishments are closed except medical stores.
Jammu and Kashmir
A night curfew is in place in urban areas of eight districts that have seen a spike in cases. These districts are Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua, Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam, Anantnag and Kupwara. Apart from this, Jammu and Kashmir administration had announced a 34-hour curfew from 8 pm on Saturday till 6 am on Monday, amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
In Odisha, a night curfew has been in place since April 5 in 10 districts. The state government imposed a night curfew in the districts of Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nawarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri.
The government also extended night curfew to all urban areas of the state from the 10 western Odisha districts implemented on April 5.
The Gujarat government imposed a night curfew from 8 pm to 6 am in 20 cities in the state till April 30. The cities under curfew are: Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Gandhinagar, Amreli, Anand, Nadiad, Mehasana, Morbi, Dahod, Patan, Godhra, Bhuj, Gandhidham, Bharuch, and Surendranagar. A negative RT-PCR report is mandatory for those arriving in the state.
Government offices will observe a five-day week (so far, they had two off days on the second and fourth weeks of a month) while curtailing the number of guests at weddings to 100. Rupani said the government was expected to come out with a detailed notification in that regard shortly.
The Chandigarh administration has announced a weekend lockdown from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday. Essential services such as home delivery of food, medical stores would remain operational.
Haryana has imposed a night curfew in the state from 10 pm to 5 am. All schools and colleges have also been closed till April 30.
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