Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced week-long curfew which will be started from 10 pm tonight to 5 am next Monday while Maharashtra declared 6 states including Delhi as the places of sensitive origin.
Calling it a necessary step to prevent a bigger crisis in the capital, Kejriwal said the six-day curfew will help us arrange more beds and supplies. Only essential services will be allowed.
Maharashtra government issued an order on Sunday, in which, the Maharashtra chief secretary Sitaram Kunte has declared 6 states including Kerala, Goa, Gujarat, Delhi NCR, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand as the places of sensitive origin.
In its order, the Maharashtra government said that this decision has been taken to curb the Covid transmission in Maharashtra and to stop the influx of other Covid-19 virus variants into the state of Maharashtra from other locations. The order also declared that these places will be considered the places of sensitive origin from the date of this order till the time it is retracted or till Covid-19 stays notified as a disaster.
The SOPs of the order said that the passengers travelling to Maharashtra from the six states declared as the places of sensitive origin will need a RT-PCR negative test within 48 hours of their travel. The Maharashtra government also issued a standing operating procedure for passengers from the six states of sensitive origin.
The order said that the passengers details will be shared with local disaster management authority each day, four hours before the departure from the origin of trains. As a precautionary measure, the government ordered that no unreserved tickets will be issued from these places to Maharashtra.
As per the order, the railway officials will ensure trains from the places of sensitive origin need to come to outer where it is easier to conduct thermal screening of passengers. If passengers are not carrying the RT-PCR negative report, they will have to undergo a rapid antigen test at the station.
With 25,462 fresh cases, Delhi recorded the biggest jump in its daily Covid-19 tally on Sunday while Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in terms of the number of cases and deaths, has reported the highest number of 68,631 fresh cases while 503 patients died. With this, the cumulative caseload in Maharashtra mounted to 38,39,338 while the deaths reached 60,473.