This edition of the COVID-19 Impact on Indian states covers news articles from November 23 – November 30, 2020.

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Delhi ‘actively considering’ night curfew to combat COVID, HC told

27th November 2020 | Hindustan Times

The Delhi government has informed the Delhi high court that it is “actively considering” a night curfew or a weekend lockdown as part of its effort to slow the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the Capital. The government was responding to the court, which sought to know whether the Capital is implementing any lockdown to check the surge in COVID-19 cases. Delhi has seen an average of 6,103 cases over the last seven days, and its positivity rate rose to as high as 15.3% on November 15, the Union territory recorded 5,475 cases and a positivity rate of 8.65%. The court also said that the Delhi government should consider setting up a portal where fines for not adhering to social distancing norms can be deposited. It added that weddings should be monitored to ensure the government order of limiting the number of attendees to 50 is being followed.


Maharashtra COVID-19: Existing lockdown restrictions extended till Dec 31

27th November 2020 | The Times of India

The Maharashtra government extended the lockdown on account of coronavirus in the state till the midnight of December 31, 2020. In the last couple of months, the government has eased several lockdown restrictions. Revised guidelines have been issued from time to time by, allowing resumption of various activities as part of the “Mission Begin Again”.

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till December 31, with certain relaxations

30th November 2020 | Business Standard

Tamil Nadu has extended the COVID-19 lockdown till December 31, 2020 subject to certain relaxations. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister clarified that based on the discussions with the medical and public health experts, district collectors, to prevent coronavirus spread, the Covid-19 lockdown is extended till December 31, 2020, with some relaxations. For the first-year college students, classes for the academic year will commence from February 2020. Swimming pools for training purposes will be allowed to function with standard operating procedures (SOP) to be followed, marina and other beaches will be open for public from December 14, 2020, depending on the spread of coronavirus and subject to the following SOP. Exhibition halls will be allowed to function only for business to business purposes after the following SOP.


Night curfew unlikely in Karnataka as COVID-19 caseload continues to decline

26th November 2020 | Indian Express

Karnataka is unlikely to impose lockdowns even though states can do so under guidelines released by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The guidelines, effective for December, allow states and Union Territories to impose lockdowns and night curfews based on their assessment, but Karnataka is not likely to exercise such options. A local lockdown outside a containment zone can be imposed only after consultation with the Centre. The central guidelines say that the list of containment zones will be notified on websites run by the district administration.


Night curfew to be re-imposed in Punjab from December 1

25th November 2020 | The Economic Times

The Punjab government has decided to reimpose night curfew form December 1 in all cities and towns of the state, besides doubling the fine for not wearing masks. The fresh restrictions to fight COVID-19 were announced amid fears of a second wave of the infection in Punjab in the wake of the grim situation in Delhi-NCR. The night curfew will remain in force from 10 pm to 5 am. The fine for not wearing masks and ignoring social distancing norms too shall be hiked from the present Rs 500 to Rs 1,000. The curbs, which shall be reviewed on December 15, also curtail operation timings of hotels, restaurants and marriage places and they will have to be closed by 9.30 pm.

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh gearing up for COVID vaccine distribution

24th November 2020 | The Business Line

Andhra Pradesh is gearing up for storage and distribution of Covid-19 vaccine which is expected to be ready over the next few months. Chief Minister held a review meeting with officials after the video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked them to focus on methods to be followed on storage and distribution of the vaccine. He directed the officials to focus on the infrastructure facilities required for refrigeration and to prepare an action plan on storing the vaccine at optimum temperature, as well as transporting it to remote areas. The officials have also been directed to collect technical information on the vaccine-related issues and also take relevant data from various companies and conduct a study on it. The Chief Minister said a review meeting should be held in vaccine-related matters.


Coronavirus second wave in Telangana: Chief Minister may impose lockdown post-GHMC elections

24th November 2020 | The Sakshi Post

Telangana Chief Minister directed the officials to take all the preventive measures to arrest the spread of coronavirus cases in the state. He suggested the people be careful and observe self-protection guidelines. He said that there is a sudden increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the states like Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and cases are also on the rise in Kerala and Karnataka. He also added that the state should be in a position to withstand even the second wave of coronavirus hits the state. He warned people that a second lockdown might be imposed in the state after the GHMC election 2020 if the situation worsens. He also said that if the vaccine comes out then it will be first given to healthcare workers.  


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