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DELHI & HARYANA DECLARED COVID 19 AS ENDEMIC

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Delhi govt and Haryana Govt has declared coronavirus as an epidemic, invoking provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, which gives it powers to take special measures to tackle the epidemic.

Key data’s:

In Delhi:

  • COVID-19, had been declared an epidemic in Delhi following which all public places, government and private offices, malls, and shops, had been notified to disinfect their premises and that shall be compulsory for all.
  • Schools, colleges and cinema halls in Delhi were ordered shut until 31 March to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
  • The Delhi government has also set up a task force to monitor the spread of the virus.
  • Public transport will be disinfected on a daily basis.
  • Delhi urban shelter improvement board is making arrangements for quarantine beds to be put up in unused houses.
  • The government is also preparing under-construction hospitals to increase the number of beds in the city-state. More than 500 hospital beds are ready to admit patients.

In Haryana:

  • Haryana issued certain regulations to contain the spread of disease in the State in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 2,3 and 4 of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897.
  • The regulations came into force immediately and will remain valid for a period of one year.
  • All samples are to be collected as per the guidelines of the Government of India and sent to designated labs. No private labs are authorised to take or test samples for COVID-19 in Haryana.
  • Any person, institution or organisation found violating any provision of the regulations is punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

Links to note:

https://www.iasipstnpsc.in/pandemic/

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/coronavirus-delhi-cinema-halls-schools-colleges-shut-kejriwal-1654856-2020-03-12

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/haryana-declares-covid-19-an-epidemic/article31049103.ece

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