In a fresh set of guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday asked states to consult before imposing lockdowns at state, district, sub-division or city levels. The states are however allowed to impose local restrictions like night curfews. The new guidelines will stay in effect from December 1 to December 31.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday imposed a 15-day night curfew in all cities and towns from December 1 to rein in the coronavirus pandemic. The chief minister also doubled the fine for not wearing masks and flouting guidelines.
Meanwhile, India’s coronavirus count rose to 92,22,216 on Wednesday morning as it reported 44,376 new cases in 24 hours. The country’s toll rose by 481 to 1,34,699. India’s active cases stood at 4,44,746, while the recoveries reached 86,42,771.
Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 5.96 crore people and killed, 14,07,873, according to the Johns Hopkins University. More than 3.82 crore people have recovered from the infection.
The national helpline number for the coronavirus is 011-23978046, and a toll-free number is 1075.