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MHA issues fresh COVID-19 guideline for December


With a spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths recorded in several parts of the country after the festivities, the Union government on Wednesday issued fresh COVID-19 guidelines for the state that will be applicable in December.

Several states including Gujarat and Delhi have recorded a considerable surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths in the past few weeks.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, in its fresh COVID-19 guidelines, directed the states to adopt stricter measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

What does the fresh guideline provide?

Here are a few salient points of the COVID-19 guideline for December:

  • Only essential activities shall be allowed in the Containment Zones.
  • There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining the supply of essential goods and services.
  • There shall be intensive house-to-house surveillance by surveillance teams formed for the purpose.
  • Testing shall be carried out as per the prescribed protocol.
  • Listing of contacts shall be carried out in respect of all persons found positive, along with their tracking, identification, quarantine and follow up of contacts for 14 days (80 per cent of contacts to be traced in 72 hours).
  • Quick isolation of Covid-19 patients shall be ensured in treatment facilities/ home (subject to fulfilling the home isolation guidelines).
  • Clinical interventions, as prescribed, shall be administered.
  • Surveillance for ILI/ SARI cases shall be carried out in health facilities or outreach mobile units or through fever clinics in buffer zones.
  • Awareness shall be created in communities on Covid-19 appropriate behaviour.
  • Local district, police and municipal authorities shall be responsible to ensure that the prescribed Containment measures are strictly followed and State/ UT Governments shall ensure the accountability of the officers concerned in this regard.

COVID-19 tally crosses 92.22 lakh

The health ministry on Wednesday informed that 44,376 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 92.22 lakh.

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So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The second-highest surge of 97,570 COVID-19 cases was recorded on September 12. It is followed by 96,551 cases reported on September 11.

Notably, India has already surpassed Brazil in terms of cases. It is now the second-worst hit nation due to the coronavirus pandemic after the US.

1.34 lakh deaths due to COVID-19

Also, 481 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 1,34,699.

86.42 lakh patients recovered

Of the 92.22 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 4.44 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is below 5 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 86.42 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 93.72 per cent.


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