Covid-19 upsurge: Govt extends containment measures till Feb 14

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Keeping in view the upsurge in Covid-19 cases, the state government has decided to extend the restrictions already imposed, till February 14 next in the state including, night curfew.

Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar in an order on Sunday extended the night curfew till February 14, which is being imposed in the state till Monday.

According to the new order, all workplaces, businesses, commercial establishments may be permitted to operate till 8 PM with strict observance of Covid Appropriate Behavior.

Offices would adopt virtual functioning with only 50 per cent physical attendance of essentially required staff on rotation basis as decided by HoDs. Public visitors would be disallowed in all government offices up to February 14. Official meetings may be conducted virtually rather than in physical mode. Additionally, all public servants to submit final vaccination certificates in respective offices, the order added.

Bars, restaurants, gyms, swimming pools, cinema halls, auditorium etc to be regulated for operating with 50 per cent capacity.

Mass gatherings, weekly markets and haats would not be allowed, the order said adding, mass and religious gatherings and events in indoor or closed spaces to be allowed with 50 per cent capacity for only vaccinated persons.

Public gatherings for outdoor events should be restricted to 50 per cent of the venue capacity for vaccinated persons only with strict observance of CAB with prior permission from the district administration.

Religious events and places may be held in iIndoor/outdoor and well ventilated spaces at 50 per cent capacity observing CAB and physical distancing norms.

Public transport to operate at 50 per cent capacity strictly observing CAB

All physical classes till class V standard may remain suspended till February 14. Physical classes and boarding in hostels only for Class VI and above with 50 per cent of class strength may be allowed, following all Covid protocols and ensuring all 15 yrs and above attending classes have received their scheduled Covid-19 vaccination, the order stated.

Universities, colleges and higher technical institutions to regulate the timing of their classes with 50 per cent capacity in well ventilated rooms following CAB and physical distancing norms.

At all the inter-state check-gates, the SHTF recommends entry may be allowed only for those who have completed vaccination.

Exemptions from containment measures shall include all essential services providers and others, the order added.

The state currently has 3,143 active cases with the total caseload at 61,953, while 58,524 people recuperated from the disease so far.

The death toll in the northeastern state rose to 286.

The Capital Complex Region, comprising Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa areas, has the highest number of active cases at 1,338, followed by Lower Subansiri at 203, West Kameng at 175, Namsai at 148 and 143 each at Lower Dibang Valley and Papumpare districts respectively.

Over 12.36 lakh samples have been tested for the infection in the state thus far.

A total of 15,74,963 people have been inoculated with Covid vaccines so far.

At least 46,992 beneficiaries in the age group of 15-18 years have been vaccinated with the first dose and 16,165 senior citizens received the booster jab.

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