Chhattisgarh: In the wake of rising cases of coronavirus, the Chhattisgarh government on Tuesday imposed lockdown-like restrictions in the state and banned all public events as preventive measures. Night curfew from 10 PM to 6 AM should be implemented, the CMO said in the order.
Ban imposed on processions, rallies, public gatherings, social, cultural & sports events in every district. Random testing for COVID-19 at railway stations & borders of the state. Daily reporting of hospital beds, stock of medicines, and availability of oxygen: CMO Chhattisgarh
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In the fresh order, the Chhattisgarh government said the complete ban has been imposed on processions, rallies, public gatherings, social, cultural and sports events in every district.The state government also added that in districts with a positivity rate of 4% or more all schools, Anganwadi centers, libraries, swimming pools, malls, cinemas, marriage palaces, hotels, restaurants, auditoriums should be closed.
According to the release, directives have been issued to district collectors and superintendents of police (SPs) in the light of a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases in the last week.
“The chief minister has instructed collectors and SPs to ensure compliance of all possible measures to contain the transmission of coronavirus, stating that the objective is to limit the risk of spread of the infection and not to slow down economic activities,” the statement issued by the Public Relations department said.
“Collectors and SPs should also hold meetings with Chamber of Commerce representatives, owners of malls, gyms, cinema halls, theatres, hotels, restaurants, swimming pools, auditoriums, and wedding venues besides wholesalers and event management groups to ensure that these places function with only one-third of their capacity,” the directive stated.
In the districts that have a positivity rate of over 4 percent, these public spaces should not be allowed to function, it said.
RT-PCR test has been made mandatory for all passengers arriving at airports in Chhattisgarh from other states, while people who have taken both doses of COVID-19 vaccines will have to submit a negative RT-PCR test report no older than 72 hours from the date of travel, the release said.
Authorities have also been asked to conduct random testing of people at railway stations and interstate borders and local administrations have been asked to set up micro or mini containment zones wherever necessary.
According to the directive, official call centres should remain active 24 hours a day for people who are in home isolation, while infected persons in home isolation in rural areas should be monitored by Mitanin (health volunteers).
The information about the availability of beds in all government and private hospitals should be published online, it said.
“Wherever necessary, action should be taken under the provisions of section 144 (which bars assembly of five or more people) of the Code of Criminal Procedure and also the Epidemic Diseases Act,” the release added.
Meanwhile, the state recorded 1,782 new cases of coronavirus in the last week. On Monday alone, 698 fresh infections were reported.