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COVID-19 ‘Janata Curfew’ today

COVID-19 ‘Janata Curfew’ today
DIMAPUR/NEW DELHI, MAR 21 (NPN/AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/21/2020 12:36:18 PM IST

A 14-hour nationwide ‘Janata Curfew’ comes into effect Sunday, March 22 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. as a measure to prevent the spreading Coronavirus from progressing to the potentially dangerous Stage 3( community  transmission mostly in crowded places).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the ‘Janata Curfew’ on March 19 and has urged all citizens to cooperate with the government in all states and union territories to halt the virus from entering Stage 3 from Stage 2. Currently, the virus is in Stage 2( infection from person to person).

The Janata Curfew has been made almost mandatory although the government has only made strong appeals to public to not venture out of their homes on Sunday, except in cases of extreme emergency.

Even as the country undergoes an emergency-like preparedness to tackle Coronavirus, the screening of domestic passengers at airports especially Delhi and Mumbai, were found absent. Surprisingly, thousands of passengers travelling from Delhi to Kolkata-Dimapur etc. were not screened at the IGI (domestic) Airport New Delhi. It was reported to be the same in Mumbai where no screening was done on passengers. Interestingly, incoming passengers at Dimapur were screened on arrival from Delhi and Kolkata. Even passengers at Bhubaneshwar airport were screened on arrival from Mumbai and Delhi.

Nagaland Governor RN Ravi and chief secretary Temjen Toy have also issued appeals to public in Nagaland to sincerely respond to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for observing “janata curfew” in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Centre directs: Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Saturday asked chief secretaries of all states to ensure that the ‘Janta Curfew’ called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday is observed properly in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Bhalla also told the chief secretaries to see that local bodies, fire services, police and civil defence blow sirens or ring bells on Sunday evening to express gratitude towards those involved in tackling the disease.

The number of novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 283 on Saturday with 60 persons testing positive as several states went into battle mode to contain the pandemic, announcing partial shutdowns and imposing restrictions on people’s movement and gatherings among a slew of precautionary measures.

Health ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said guidelines for coronavirus tests have been revised, directing that asymptomatic direct, high-risk contacts of confirmed cases should be tested once between day 5 and day 14 of coming in contact with an infected person.

The government is likely to issue guidelines for private labs for the test later on Saturday, he said, adding that people should not go for coronavirus tests “out of fashion” or as a confidence-building exercise. Protocols are in place and that will be followed, he said. 

He asserted that the government is working to ramp up production of masks and sanitisers with states asked to allow deodorant manufacturers to produce sanitisers, adding there is no shortage of these items and people should not indulge in panic-buying.

 

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