NEW DELHI, February 27 – RIA Novosti. The Indian Interior Ministry has extended until March 31 the rules to contain the coronavirus.
“Although the number of active and new cases of COVID-19 has dropped significantly, surveillance, containment and a cautious approach must be continued to fully overcome the pandemic. States and Allied Territories have also been advised to expedite vaccination of the target group in order to break the chain of transmission and overcome the pandemic.” – said the Ministry of Internal Affairs of India.
It is noted that the authorities have upheld the exemptions introduced in January outside the zones of the spread of coronavirus. Earlier, the Interior Ministry authorized the opening of swimming pools for all citizens and lifted restrictions on the number of visitors to cinemas and theaters. All types of social, religious and cultural events were also allowed, which were previously limited to 50% of the hall capacity or 200 participants.
In connection with the spread of the coronavirus, the Indian authorities introduced an isolation regime in the country on March 25, 2020 and extended it four times until May 31. During the first phase of the release from isolation, which began on June 8, temples, hotels, restaurants and shopping centers were allowed to open. Later, with restrictions, public transport was resumed. At the same time, the isolation regime remained in those places that have been declared containment zones – where the number of patients continues to increase.
India has the second largest number of people infected with coronavirus in the world. According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health, 11 million cases of coronavirus have been detected in the country. At the same time, more than 10.7 million people have defeated the disease, about 159 thousand people are continuing treatment, more than 156 thousand people have died from coronavirus and concomitant diseases.