Surge continues with 325 new cases


Situation alarming in worst-hit Indore as 565 more test positive

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal, As many as 325 new corona cases were found in the city on Tuesday. Besides, 565 cases were found in Indore.The second wave of Covid-19 infections in Bhopal and Indore districts has been proving more resurgent and in Indore it has taken the shortest time span to add about 1,000 active cases since its outbreak on March 24.

It took only five days for the virus to add over 1000 active cases in Indore between November 17 and November 22 taking the tally once again over 3000. Active cases in Indore were 3088 on November 22 compared to 2032 on November 17. Earlier, in September, it took about eight days for the virus to add 1000 active cases from 4000 to 5000.

Then, number of active cases increased from 4,004 to 5,011in just eight days between September 4 and 12.

Around two-third of Covid-19 cases reported in November have been detected in the last seven days, shows analysis of daily health bulletin released from CMHO office.

In Bhopal, 301 people were discharged after recovering from the infection. In view of the ever increasing corona cases in Bhopal, the Madhya Pradesh Home Ministry had issued instructions regarding imposition of night curfew in Bhopal 2 days ago. Now two days later, Bhopal Collector Avinash Lavania has issued a new guideline under Section 144. Now strictness will be started on this.

After this, the shopkeepers must compulsorily follow it as per the new guidelines. The Collector has said that if the Corona cases increase, then the containment zones will be created in the areas. In these, the movement of people will be banned once again, so that infection can be prevented. Apart from this, all kinds of restrictions are being put on cultural, social and religious programmes.

Restrictions during cultural, social and religious programmes

During events of these three categories, the number of total people attending the programmes may not exceed 50% of the total capacity in closed spaces and not more than 100 persons are allowed. Those organizing any event must report to the administration in advance. A maximum of 200 people can take part in functions in open spaces or grounds. The programme organisers will have to give prior notice to the administration. It will be the responsibility of the organizer to follow the protocol regarding face mask, sanitizer, social distancing and thermal screening of Covid-19 at the venue.

District Collector Avinash Lavania said all the hospitals should remain prepared with their ICU wards, oxygen supply and ventilators. Collector Lavania was addressing a review meeting of COVID-19 situation in Bhopal with all superintendents and operators of Government and private hospitals. In the meeting, all the doctors and superintendents had detailed discussion regarding the appropriate measures to be adopted with co-operation of district administration as cases of coronavirus are increasing swiftly.

All the doctors have collectively appealed to the people to compulsorily wear a face mask and follow social distancing whenever coming out of their houses. They also said that the district administration should promote this campaign and should impose challan and take punitive action against those who do not wear masks. Collector Avinash Lavania directed all the doctors and superintendents to increase the oxygen beds, COVID dedicated wards and other facilities to prevent rising cases of coronavirus. Home isolation patients should also be continuously monitored. The sampling rate should be increased and samples of patients with cold, cough and fever coming to hospitals should be made mandatory taken after screening.

Awareness drive conducted

Volunteers of National Service Scheme and Awaj NGO distributed masks at various market areas and appealed to citizens to strictly follow COVID-19 guidelines, on Monday. Notably, on instructions of Collector Avinash Lavania ‘Roko Toko’ campaign was launched in the State capital to make citizens aware of social distancing norms and need to wear a mask. Yamraj and Chitragupta were also seen on roads, of 10 No. and 12 No. markets, warning people of contracting the virus and asking them to stay indoors. Yamraj shouted slogans about dangers of coronavirus and how it can be defeated just by wearing a mask and following social distancing norms. The Collector has given full responsibility of Roko Toko campaign to Zila Panchayat CEO Vikas Mishra, under which citizens are being told about various preventive measures of COVID-19. Tehsildar TT Nagar, various Revenue officials and others were also present on the occasion.

Covid-19 guidelines

- All shops, offices and business institutions in the city will be open till 8 pm. All will be closed from 8 pm to 6 am.
- All industrial units, hospitals and medical shops will open up to their pre-determined times.
- Restaurants and catering-related shops can open up to 10:00 pm under the terms of Covid-19's protocol.
- In all these three categories (cultural, social and religious) programmes, all other types of rallies, travel, processions will be completely banned except wedding party. Only a marriage ceremony can include a maximum of 50 baraatis.
- Marriage-related events can be organized up to 10 pm under the conditions, but wedding rituals etc. can be held after 10 pm with a maximum limit of 30 persons.
- Employees, laborers etc. working in wedding ceremony, caterer etc. will be allowed to come and go after the prescribed time limit.
- In areas of Bhopal city or district where the number of corona patients is found to be high, the areas can be declared as containments and the movement within them can be stopped.