Corona Virus Covid 19


MHA cites lockdown violations, directs strict implementation
Source: PTI - Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
May 21, 2020 23:20 IST

The Centre on Thursday asked states to ensure strict implementation of lockdown and night curfew protocols, saying it has noticed violation of the restrictions at several places.

IMAGE: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel punish a biker for violating lockdown norms, while keeping vigil at Bhendi Bazaar, in Mumbai, on Thursday. Photograph: Kunal Patil/PTI Photo

In a communication to all states and union territories, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla asked them to strictly ensure prohibition of all non-essential activities between 7 pm and 7 am, saying the night curfew imposed to contain the coronavirus spread is an 'important element of the home ministry guidelines'.
He said the night curfew has been imposed to ensure that people observe social distance.
"Accordingly, local authorities should be asked to issue orders in the entirety of their jurisdiction, under proper provisions of law, for imposition of night curfew. Strict compliance of these orders should be ensured by the local authorities," he said.
Bhalla said the Home Ministry has noticed reports of violation of its guidelines at several places.
"I would like to emphasise that the MHA guidelines should be strictly implemented, and all authorities in states and UTs should take necessary steps to ensure the same," he said.

These stipulations, such as wearing face covers, ensuring social distancing at work, transport and in public places, maintaining hygiene and sanitation etc., are important for containing the spread of COVID-19.
"It is the duty of all district and local authorities to enforce the national directives," he said.
"I would request all the chief secretaries of states and administrators of union territories to remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19 and ensure that all measures that have either been mandated by MHA or laid down by the States and UTs, are scrupulously adhered to at all levels," Bhalla said.
After the lockdown was extended till May 31, the Home Ministry issued fresh guidelines relaxing some curbs that were imposed during the first three phases, except in the containment zones.
Bhalla said a proper delineation of containment zones and effective implementation of containment measures is key to preventing the further spread of COVID- 19.
In this respect, the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare need to be followed and containment zones properly demarcated.
'States and UTs can now delineate various zones, and decide on the activities to be prohibited, or allowed with restrictions, in accordance with the MHA guidelines.
'Further, once the guidelines have been issued by the states and UTs, they should be strictly implemented, and action taken if any deviations are noticed,' the home secretary said in the letter.
The lockdown was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 for 21 days.
It was then extended till May 3 and again till May 17.
The lockdown has now been extended till May 31.
The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 3,435 and the number of cases climbed to 1,12,359 in the country till Thursday 8 am, according to the Union health ministry.

Central forces deployed in Dharavi, other Mumbai areas

IMAGE: CISF personnel ask a person to cover his face properly while keeping vigil at Bhendi Bazaar, in Mumbai, on Thursday. Photograph: Kunal Patil/PTI Photo

Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel were deployed in Dharavi and some other areas of Mumbai on Thursday to help the city police enforce lockdown to contain coronavirus, an official said.
A company of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was deployed at Dharavi along with local police, the police official said.
Earlier, on Wednesday night, personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force conducted a flag march in Bhendi Bazaar in south Mumbai to enforce a strict lockdown.
On Thursday, CRPF personnel met police officers in Dharavi, a COVID-19 hotspot, and discussed deployment plan for the area, the official said.
Five companies of CAPF, including personnel of CISF, arrived in Mumbai on Monday, he said.
Armed with weapons, batons and shields, CISF personnel conducted a flag march in Bhendi Bazaar on Wednesday night, he said.
The Maharashtra government had said that it had sought central forces so that the overstretched police force could get some rest.
More than 700 Mumbai Police personnel have contracted coronavirus so far and ten of them have died.

The central forces will assist the Mumbai Police in maintaining law and order and in prevention of any untoward incident during lockdown.
Personnel of the Central forces have been deployed in zones 1,3,5,6 and 9 of the city covering some areas of south and central Mumbai and parts of eastern and western suburbs, the police official said.

MHA cites lockdown violations, directs strict implementation


No Aarogya Setu? Fliers can give self-declaration

Source: PTI
May 21, 2020 23:03 IST

Following are the norms announced by the ministry of civil aviation for domestic passenger services:

Flight dos and don'ts issued, air fares set in 7 bands
  • Before entering the terminal, passenger to ensure that he or she is wearing a mask
  • Passenger to report at the airport 2 hours before flights
  • Passenger to travel in an authorised taxi/personal vehicle following the norms specified by the home ministry
  • During transit to airport, the passenger should take all precautions to prevent infection
  • Passenger to certify the status of history of his or her health through the Aarogya Setu App or a self-declaration form
  • Ensure web check-in and obtain a boarding pass
  • Baggage limitations -- only one check-in bag and one cabin bag allowed
  • Vulnerable persons such as very elderly, pregnant women, passengers with ailments are advised to avoid air travel
  • Passenger to download the baggage tag and baggage identification number, print it and affix it on the bag at a prominent place
  • In case the passenger is not able to print the baggage tag, then he or she should mention the PNR number and his or her name on a thick piece of paper and affix it / tag it with a strong string
  • Passenger to proceed to security hold area after security screening
  • While waiting in the security hold area, passenger to maintain social distancing and sanitisation protocols
  • Chairs marked 'Not For Use' should not be occupied
  • Passenger to dispose of all the bio-hazardous material like used masks, gloves, tissues etc in the yellow-coloured disposable bins/bags placed at strategic locations at the airport
  • Passengers to collect the safety kit (three-layered surgical mask and sanitiser) from the airlines near the boarding gate
  • Passengers to wear mask and sanitise his/her hands before proceeding to the boarding gate for scanning of the boarding pass
  • Passengers to be attentive towards boarding announcements and reach the boarding queue by following social distancing
  • Display of identity cards by passengers is a must & check-in of the boarding pass would be done by the passenger by self-scanning of e-boarding pass
  • During the flight, passengers to strictly follow hygiene and sanitation. Face-to-face interaction to be minimised
  • Passenger to minimise the use of toilets and avoid any non-essential movement in the aisles
  • No queuing at the toilets and only one companion for children and the elderly would be allowed
  • No meal service in the aircraft. Water bottle to be made available in the galley area or on the seats. Eatables not to be consumed during the flight
  • No newspaper or magazine will be available, no onboard sale of any item
  • If the passenger feels uncomfortable, fatigued or has respiratory distress, it should be brought to the immediate notice of the crew
  • The disembarkation from the aircraft would be sequential
  • Social distance and sanitation should be maintained at the arrival gate aerobridge, coaches, jet ladders ramps etc
  • To disembark passengers to strictly follow the instructions of the crew
  • Trolleys in the arrival area to be used sparingly
  • Passenger to wait at the baggage hold area till the baggage arrives in batches.
The ministry of civil aviation said on Thursday that about a third of operations will be allowed under strict norms when domestic flight services restart on Monday after a two-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, and all the airlines will have to adhere to the upper and lower limits of fares prescribed by the government.

No Aarogya Setu? Fliers can give self-declaration


Domestic passenger flights to resume in phased manner from May 25
Source: PTI - Edited By: Nandita Malik
Last updated on: May 20, 2020 19:49 IST

All airports and air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from May 25. SOPs for passenger movement are also being separately issued by the ministry of civil aviation.


Illustration: Dominic Xavier/

Domestic passenger flight services will resume from May 25 in a calibrated manner, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday.
The minister, however, did not say as to when international passenger flights would resume.

All scheduled commercial passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 25, when the Modi government imposed lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

"Domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from Monday, May 25, 2020. All airports and air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from 25th May," Puri said on Twitter.
"SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for passenger movement are also being separately issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation," he added.
Puri had on Tuesday said the Centre alone cannot take a decision on resuming passenger flights and the state governments should be ready to allow these services in the spirit of cooperative federalism.
SpiceJet chairman and managing director Ajay Singh welcomed the decision to resume passenger services,
“We welcome the government's decision to recommence domestic civil aviation operations from May 25.
“This resumption will go a long way in lifting the overall economic sentiment in the country.
“While the SOP for resumption of operations and details of flights to be operated is still awaited, we are sure that this much-awaited move will help a large number of passengers by providing them access to the safest and the quickest means of transport," he said.
The aviation sector has been hit hard by the pandemic as various countries, including India, decided to suspend commercial flights completely to curb the spread of the virus.
Since March 25, Indian airlines have taken steps like firing expat pilots, announcing pay cuts and leave without pay for employees to conserve cash.

The first, second and third phase of lockdown were between March 25-April 14, April 15-May 3 and May 4-May 17, respectively. The fourth phase started from May 18 and would end on May 31.
Cargo flights, medical evacuation flights, offshore helicopter operations and special flights approved by the aviation regulator DGCA have been allowed to operate as usual during the lockdown period.

Domestic passenger flights to resume in phased manner from May 25


Ticket counters to open at select railway stations from May 22
Source: PTI - Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
May 21, 2020 22:14 IST

The railways will open its reservation counters at select stations for booking of only reserved tickets from May 22, the Railway Board said in an order on Thursday.

It said it will also allow reservation of reserved tickets from common service centres (CSC) and through ticketing agents with effect from Friday.

The zonal railways have been instructed to decide and notify opening of reservation counters as per local needs and conditions, the order stated.

These booking counters as well as the CSCs were shut since March 25 when a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus began.
Earlier in the day, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said booking of train tickets will resume at around 1.7 lakh CSCs across the country from Friday, making the service accessible to those in remote locations where the availability of computers and internet is negligible or absent.
"We have to take India towards normalcy," he said.
The railways said the reservation counters will open from Friday in a phased manner along with dissemination of information about their respective locations and timings as per the local needs and conditions.
"It may be noted that running of Shramik Special trains will continue to be handled by local state governments as per the existing protocols.
"The opening of these booking facilities will significantly reduce the burden on passengers, many of whom depend on counter tickets to travel," it said.

The zonal railways may adhere to standard social distancing guidelines and observe the hygiene protocols in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the board said in its order.
Currently, passengers can only book tickets for 15 pairs of special trains running on the Rajdhani route and 100 pairs of special trains that are scheduled to begin operations from June 1.
As of now, tickets for these trains can only be booked online through the IRCTC portal.


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