A healthcare worker collects a swab sample from a commuter to test for coronavirus infection at UP gate (Delhi-Ghaziabad border) in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
A healthcare worker collects a swab sample from a commuter to test for coronavirus infection at UP gate (Delhi-Ghaziabad border) in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT Photo)

In fresh Covid-19 guidelines, home ministry empowers states to impose local restrictions like night curfew

The state and UT governments can’t impose local lockdown outside the containment zones, without prior consultation with the central government, according to the guidelines released by the home ministry.
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 04:34 PM IST

The Union home ministry on Wednesday released guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution during the time of the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

The home ministry said that the main focus of the guidelines is to consolidate the substantial gains that have been achieved against the spread of Covid-19 which is visible in the steady decline in number of active cases in the country.

One of the points in the new guidelines, which will come into force from December 1, is empowering the states to impose local restrictions, including night curfew. The guidelines will remain in place till December 31.

“States and union territories (UTs), based on their assessment of the situation, may impose local restrictions, with a view to contain the spread of Covid-19 such as night curfew,” the home ministry said in a release.

However, the state and UT governments can’t impose local lockdown outside the containment zones, without prior consultation with the central government, the release further added.

“Local district, police and municipal authorities shall be responsible to ensure that the prescribed containment measures are strictly followed,” the home ministry said.

The government had first imposed a nationwide lockdown to check the spread of the coronavirus disease in March. From 21 days, the duration of the lockdown kept increasing when the infection was at its peak.

The first set of relaxations (called Unlock 1.0) was announced in June, which led to the opening of restaurants, shopping malls etc. Since then, the government has been opening the economy in phases.

But with the recent surge in the number of new Covid-19 cases in various cities, there are fears of the resurgence of the disease. Experts have also warned that the situation could worsen in winters. So, the government has cautioned people against letting their guards down and have urged people to keep following Covid-19 protocols.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Odisha BJP unit chief Samir Mohanty and leader of Opposition Pradipta Naik led the overnight protest against paddy procurement by the government.(HT Photo)
Odisha BJP unit chief Samir Mohanty and leader of Opposition Pradipta Naik led the overnight protest against paddy procurement by the government.(HT Photo)

Odisha BJP protests ‘shoddy’ paddy procurement, govt suspends 15 officials

By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:54 PM IST
  • At least 10,000 farmers and BJP leaders had surrounded the RDC office in Sambalpur town on Thursday, protesting deductions in farmers’ payments by rice millers among other issues.
Close
PM Modi interacts with vaccinators and beneficiaries on Friday, (YouTube/Narendra Modi)
PM Modi interacts with vaccinators and beneficiaries on Friday, (YouTube/Narendra Modi)

India totally self-reliant in terms of Covid-19 vaccines: PM Modi

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 02:09 PM IST
  • India totally self-reliant in terms of Covid-19 vaccines: PM Modi interacts with Varanasi health workers, vaccinators
Close
The Centre had offered to put on hold the three laws for 12-18 months and also set up a joint committee to find solutions.(ANI/Twitter)
The Centre had offered to put on hold the three laws for 12-18 months and also set up a joint committee to find solutions.(ANI/Twitter)

Union ministers start 11th round of talks with protesting farmer unions

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:08 PM IST
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at various border points of Delhi for over a month now against the three laws.
Close
The Prime Minister said that today's India is not afraid of working on experiments for solving problems.(PTI)
The Prime Minister said that today's India is not afraid of working on experiments for solving problems.(PTI)

PM Modi lauds India's cricket win over Australia

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:07 PM IST
Addressing the 18th Convocation of Tezpur University, PM Modi said that people should not be afraid of taking risks and doing experiments.
Close
Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. (File photo)
Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. (File photo)

HT Environment Conclave: Govt to train village women to test water quality

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:02 PM IST
The government will put up inexpensive water-quality testing infrastructure accessible to every village to achieve the government’s mission to provide safe drinking water to all by 2024, minister Shekhawat said
Close
This comes days after Banerjee alleged that people in the Trinamool Congress (TMC) were not letting him 'work for the people'.
This comes days after Banerjee alleged that people in the Trinamool Congress (TMC) were not letting him 'work for the people'.

Bengal forest minister Rajib Banerjee resigns from post

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:59 PM IST
  • Banerjee had taken to Facebook to criticise senior Trinamool leader earlier in January, saying they have not paid heed to his concerns.
Close
It is regarding the 'objectionable comments' made on social media against ministers and government officials. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
It is regarding the 'objectionable comments' made on social media against ministers and government officials. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Social media posts against govt, officials to drive action by Bihar Police

ANI, Patna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:57 PM IST
The letter was released on the behalf of Economic and Cybercrime Department from Bihar Police Headquarters on January 21.
Close
Farmers shouts slogans during the farmland bill at Gazipur border.(Photo by RajkRaj)
Farmers shouts slogans during the farmland bill at Gazipur border.(Photo by RajkRaj)

News updates: Govt's strategy was to throw a net at us, says farmers' leader

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:24 PM IST
  • Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 1 PM. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Close
Mhada houses are in great demand as they cost less compared to private builders and have clear land titles. Image used for representational purposes only.(Pramod Thakur/HT Photo)
Mhada houses are in great demand as they cost less compared to private builders and have clear land titles. Image used for representational purposes only.(Pramod Thakur/HT Photo)

Mhada to draw lottery for over 5600 houses in Pune division

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:45 PM IST
The winners of the lottery will also be notified through text message and the list of the accepted applications will also be made available online on the website.
Close
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)

Learn from India’s performance in Australia: Modi at Tezpur varsity convocation

UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:01 PM IST
“This performance by our players also teaches us big life lessons. One is to have belief in our abilities, second is to have a positive mindset. If we have a positive mindset, the outcome will also be similar,” said PM Modi
Close
Farmers protesting at Ghazipur border.(Photo by RajkRaj)
Farmers protesting at Ghazipur border.(Photo by RajkRaj)

‘Poison inside sweets’: Farmers’ leader on Centre’s offer to suspend farm laws

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:17 PM IST
The Centre wants to end protests somehow, said SS Pandher of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee.
Close
Representational Image.
Representational Image.

More Indians stepping out; surge in flight, hotel bookings: Report

By Neha LM Tripathi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:10 PM IST
The survey by RateGain Technologies, a SaaS company for travel and hospitality, cites the upcoming long wedding and travel season as the reasons for this surge in domestic travel
Close
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

CWC may hold organisational elections between May 15 and May 30

UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 02:16 PM IST
The party is also looking at a possible window in February to hold the internal polls. Party functionaries said that a long gap between the assembly polls and the organisational elections is required so that the assembly campaign doesn’t suffer
Close
NPCI is an umbrella organisation which operates retail payments and settlement systems in India.(NPCI/Facebook)
NPCI is an umbrella organisation which operates retail payments and settlement systems in India.(NPCI/Facebook)

UPI platform to be updated, users may face inconvenience: NPCI

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 11:49 AM IST
  • NPCI has not specified the time it would take to update the system.
Close
Paddy crop is being loaded on a truck after it has been procured. (Representative Photo/PTI)
Paddy crop is being loaded on a truck after it has been procured. (Representative Photo/PTI)

Chhattisgarh claims to have procured record paddy at MSP this season

By Ritesh Mishra | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Raipur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 11:45 AM IST
  • The official data also shows a big increase in the total number of registered paddy farmers, which now stands at 21.52 lakh.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP