Government Issues New Guidelines To Control The COVID-19 Outbreak

Publish On: 29 Mar, 2020 01:28 PM | Updated   |   Madhurima  

NEW DELHI: The central and state governments on Sunday issued consolidated guidelines for the containment of coronavirus in the wake of a 21-day countrywide lockdown.

According to the recently released guidelines, hospitals, veterinary hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories and research labs will still remain functional.

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"The transportation for all medical personnel, nurses, paramedical staff and other hospital support services be permitted," it added.

Private establishments have also been directed to stay closed, apart from shops, banks, print, electronic media, telecommunications, internet services, etc.

The guidelines stated that the offices of the govt of India, state and union territories will remain closed, barring few exceptions.

Offices associated with Defence, central armed police forces, emergency services, electricity, water, welfare department, agencies engaged in procurement of agricultural products etc will remain open during the lockdown till April 14.

Industrial units for manufacturing of medicine, medical devices, and production of coal, minerals and fertilizers also will function during the lockdown. Transport and hospitality services too will remain shut.

People who arrived in India after February 15 are asked to stay in self-quarantine, failing which action will be taken against them under Section 188 (disobedience to order) of the Indian penal code.

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"Any person violating the containment measure will be susceptible to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Sections 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC," the rules stated.