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India sees huge surge in Covid-19 cases since November, states on high alert

The states like Punjab, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat andMadhya Pradesh have imposed restrictions amid rise in Covid-19 cases. 

Amid the biggest surge in the Covid-19 cases since November, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings. As per the CM’s order, the indoor gatherings will be restricted to 100 people and outdoor gatherings can’t comprise more than 200 people. The order will come into effect from March 1.

The chief minister also ordered strict enforcement of rules for wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, among other Coivd-19 protocols. He ordered the authorities to ramp up the number of Covid-19 tests to 30,000 per day. Singh also authorised district commissioners to impose night curfew in hotspots in their respective districts if required.

Meanwhile, states like Maharashtra and Rajasthan already imposed strict curfews in various places on Monday as the states have registered a steep rise in Covid-19 infections in the last 15 days.

The Rajasthan government has imposed Section 144 in Jodhpur till March 21, while Maharashtra issued clampdown orders in Mumbai, Amravati, Pune, Nagpur, Pimpri Chinchwad, Aurangabad, Nashik, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivli, Yavatmal, Akola, Washim and Buldhana.

Maharashtra government has asked people to strictly follow Covid-19 guidelines including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. All religious, social and political gatherings have been restricted in the state to stop the spread of virus.

In Rajasthan, the government has restricted the number of attendees in all public gatherings, including weddings to 100. As per the order issued by the Jodhpur Police, only essential services and schools and colleges have been allowed to function.

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Kalaburagi district administration had issued a travel advisory for Maharashtra and. Five check posts have been set up at the Karnataka-Maharastra border. Travellers from Maharashtra, who enter Karnataka through the border have to submit an RT-PCR negative test.

Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat will also conduct thermal scanning of all those travelling from the high-risk state.

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