MHA extends existing Covid-19 guidelines till 31 March. Details here

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A man receives a Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine called COVAXIN, at a vaccination centre, in New Delhi. (REUTERS)A man receives a Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine called COVAXIN, at a vaccination centre, in New Delhi. (REUTERS) 1 min read . Updated: 26 Feb 2021, 03:56 PM IST Edited By Meghna Sen While there has been a substantial decline in the active and new coronavirus infections, there is a need to maintain surveillance, containment and caution so as to fully overcome the pandemic, the MHA said

In view of rising Covid-19 cases, the Central Government on Friday extended the coronavirus containment guidelines it had issued earlier to 31 March, 2021.

"The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an Order today to extend the existing Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution to remain in force upto 31.03.2021," an official release said.

The decision comes as around 16,577 people tested positive for the killer virus across the country in a span od 24 hours.

While there has been a substantial decline in the active and new coronavirus infections, there is a need to maintain surveillance, containment, and caution so as to fully overcome the pandemic, it added.

States and Union Territories have also been advised to speed up the vaccination of the target population so as to break the chain of transmission and overcome the pandemic, the MHA said.

What the rules say

The containment zones continue to be demarcated carefully. The prescribed containment measures need to be strictly followed within these zones.Covid-appropriate behaviour promoted and strictly enforced.The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) prescribed in respect of various permitted activities followed scrupulously.Therefore, the focussed approach on surveillance, containment and strict observance of the guidelines/ SOPs, as envisaged in the guidelines issued on 27 January need to be enforced strictly by States and Union Territories.

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