Soaring COVID-19 cases within the country have started to replicate the mid-2020 pandemic scenarios. In such a predicament, the governments of severely affected states have issued stringent COVID-19 guidelines to curb the threatening surge. Some states have made a negative COVID-19 report mandatory for citizens entering from Maharashtra. Apart from this, the Centre is mulling over the condensation of vaccination eligibility criteria to increase the rate of vaccination.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has circulated fresh COVID-19 guidelines, which also includes the requirement of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report to enter into malls. The municipal body also informed that from March 22, a rapid antigen test facility will commence in all the major malls of Mumbai. The test facility can be availed by the people who do not possess a negative COVID-19 report but still want to enter the malls, the guidelines read.
The Rajasthan government also issued new guidelines to prevent the surge. Under this, people arriving from Haryana, Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh will have to show negative test reports before entering Rajasthan. Uncompromising preparations have been made at the airports to ensure there aren’t any lapses in checking the test reports. People will be allowed to leave the airport premises only if the test report is negative and authentic. It is worth noting that the test report should not be more than 72 hours old.
This new wave of pandemic is raising concerns in Madhya Pradesh too. The state government has made negative COVID-19 test report mandatory for those arriving from Maharashtra. Several other restrictions like night curfew have also been imposed within the state. Due to the worsening situation of the pandemic in Maharashtra, the Madhya Pradesh government has prohibited the movement of passenger buses operating between MP and Maharashtra from March 20.
In the past two weeks, a sharp upswing in the cases of COVID-19 has been recorded within the country. On Monday too, 46,951 cases were reported across the country in just 24 hours. Apart from this, more than two hundred deaths were also been reported during this period.