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HPC relaxes Covid-19 restrictions

HPC relaxes Covid-19 restrictions
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/11/2021 1:20:25 PM IST

With the declining number of COVID positive cases in the State, High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 headed by chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday decided to relax a number of restrictions on various activities in the State.

Speaking to Nagaland Post after the HPC meeting, spokesperson for HPC and minister, Neiba Kronu said that the committee has approved re-opening of primary section–  classes 1 to 5 – in schools and the school education department is expected to issue a notification to this effect soon.

He also said that restrictions on occupancies in commercial vehicles would be relaxed, adding that the commercial transport would now run normally.

Kronu said attendance in government offices was earlier fixed at 50%, but now they would function with full attendance even as enclosed spaces like theatre halls and sports complexes would also start functioning normally like before.

Kronu said the decision was taken as everything was returning to normal and pointed out that other States too were relaxing COVID protocols.

Further, HPC relaxed persons/tourists entering Nagaland and only those having symptoms will undergo medical check-up/screening.

Mentioning that the State government would now allow all kinds of exhibitions, he however said standard operating procedure pertaining to COVID would have to be maintained like before.

Centre worried about rising Covid cases
New Delhi, MAR 11 (AGENCEIS): In a major cause of concerns for the Centre and medical authorities, India on Thursday registered close to 23,000 new Covid-19 cases in a single day, the highest in the past two and half months and around 5,000 more than the previous day’s cases.
Union Health ministry Thursday said that there was a steep rise in active cases across India after touching the lowest mark in mid-February. The Union health secretary said that in states where a surge has been seen, it was also found that their testing and contact tracing had gone down.
Kerala had reported the maximum fall in active cases, while Maharashtra had shown the maximum hike in active cases in the past 24 hours. India’s total active caseload now is 1,89,226 – that is 1.68 per cent of the nation’s total positive cases.
Delhi recorded 409 new Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day rise in nearly two months, while the positivity rate rose to 0.59 per cent. 
Dr V.K. Paul, the Niti Aayog’s member (health), said the Centre was very worried about the situation in Maharashtra, where eight big cities have a high number of active cases. These are Pune, Nagpur, Thane, Mumbai, Amravati, Jalgaon, Nashik and Aurangabad. “We are very worried about Maharashtra. This is a serious matter. This has two lessons – don’t take the virus for granted, and if we have to be Covid-free, then we need to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour,” said Dr Paul.
In a bid to check the surge in Maharashtra, state chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has warned that strict lockdown measures will be enforced in parts of the state. A week-long lockdown has already been announced in Nagpur from March 15 to 21 to contain the spread of the virus.
Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu continue to report a high number of daily new Covid-19 cases. The six states account for 85.91 per cent of the 22,854 new cases reported in the past 24 hours. 
The experts have expressed a number of possibilities which could be owed to the stride ranging from the lax attitude of people towards following Covid protocols to the likeability of “mutations and new strains” causing the surge.

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