Haryana government, having witnessed the rise in COVID-19 cases, took a wise step to extend its persisting lockdown until May 31st. Although, some relaxations have been rolled out this time.
The Haryana government has prolonged the coronavirus lockout for another week, while lifting certain limits, such as allowing stand-alone shops to open during the day and others to open on alternate days.
The “Mahamari alert—Surakshit Haryana” (pandemic alert-safe Haryana) had been extended, according to an order issued by Vijai Vardhan, Chief Secretary-cum Chairman of the State Executive Committee established under the Disaster Management Act.
The state government has prolonged the lockdown for the fourth time as the nation’s second wave sweeps the country. The first lockdown was announced on May 3rd when the initial rise in COVID-19 cases was witnessed. As one of the limits, weddings, and funerals were limited to a maximum of 11 people as attendees. Marriages will be permitted to take place in either homes or in trials, with no baraat procession required in the state.
Only critical services, such as fire, police, and emergency and local services, as well as services doing Covid-19 duties, will be excluded from these limits.
The imposed night curfew starts at 6 pm in the evening until 5 am in the morning. The latest order regarding this said, “Stand-alone shops are allowed to open during the day when the night curfew Is not in operation.” This means shops have the liberty to operate during the daytime when night curfew is not in action.
“Shops that aren’t stand-alone are required to open from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in two groups: odd and even, with odd numbers on odd dates and even numbers on even dates. The opening of shopping malls is prohibited -was also added.
Before the imposed lockdown, daily cases in Haryana had passed the heavy 16,000 mark but with regular imposed lockdowns and mobility restrictions, the cases have now reduced to nearly 5000, which in itself is a big relief for the government as well as the people.
On Saturday, the state confirmed 98 coronavirus deaths, with 5,021 new cases bringing the total number of infections to 7,33,628, according to a Health Department bulletin.
According to official statistics, the virus has killed 7,415 people in the state so far, but this figure is likely to be underestimated because non-hospital deaths are barely recorded.
According to the bulletin, nine people died in each of the districts of Gurgaon and Hisar, seven in Ambala and Karnal, and six in Faridabad and Rewari.
Maximum cases reported by Gurgaon passed the 500 marks, whereas Jhajjar at 384, and Rohtak at 296.
To talk of things on a state level, the number of active cases currently rest at 47,993 although there are obvious anticipations about seeing a reduction in the figures. Around two weeks ago, it had nearly 1.5 lakhs of active COVID-19 cases. The positivity rate- share of tests that come back positive- currently stands at 8.53 percent.