A health worker collects a nasal swab sample from a teacher at a school in Amritsar on Friday. AFP
India’s Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday extended the prevailing restrictions for surveillance, containment and caution against the spread of COVID-19 till the end of March. The restrictions were to have expired at midnight on Feb.28.
"There is need to maintain surveillance, containment and caution so as to fully overcome the pandemic. States and Union Territories have also been advised to speed up the vaccination of the target population so as to break the chain of transmission and overcome the pandemic," the ministry’s guidelines for the coming month said.
Civic authority marshals fine a motorcyclist for not wearing a face mask in public at Dharavi in Mumbai. AFP
Containment zones, which are areas with a high COVID-19 infection rate, must continue to be demarcated carefully and prescribed containment measures are to be strictly followed within these zones.
"COVID-19-appropriate behaviour must be promoted and enforced and the Standard Operating Procedures prescribed in respect of various permitted activities must be followed scrupulously," the ministry warned..
The Health Ministry on Saturday put the total number of cases in India at 173,763 with 4,971 deaths. The total infections included 86,422 active cases and 82,369 recoveries.
The government halted all domestic flights — which ferried 144 million passengers as well as cargo across the vast country last year — on March 25, days after suspending international flights.
The latest phase of these repatriation flights, known as the "Vande Bharat Mission," began on March 1 and will last till March 28. Slightly more than 1,350 international flights are scheduled to be operated from 28 countries in this phase, enabling an estimated 260,000 Indians to travel home.
All arrivals to the UK will have to quarantine and show negative tests for COVID-19 from Monday, after the government scrapped "travel corridors" from countries with lower caseloads following the emergence of new strains.
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