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Here’s What The Government Means When It Asks You To Practice Social Distancing As A Precaution Against COVID-19

The interventions proposed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare directs all educational establishments schools, universities as well as gyms, museums, cultural and social centers, swimming pools and theatres to remain shut

The best way to fight this contagious disease is to prevent it by following precautionary measures, says the government

New Delhi: Coronavirus in India has claimed three lives out of the 126 reported cases. The most worrisome quality of the COVID-19 is its nature of transmission and to lower the risk of community transmission, experts, as well as government, have been advising people to practice ‘social distancing’. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued an advisory with an aim to explain to people what social distancing means. The advisory also proposes other interventions that is deemed necessary by experts to help control the spread of coronavirus.

Social distancing is a non-pharmaceutical infection prevention and control intervention to avoid or decrease contact between those who are infected and those who are not. This helps in stopping or slowing down the rate and extent of disease transmission in a community. This eventually leads to decrease in spread, morbidity and mortality due to the disease, explains the advisory.

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In the other proposed interventions, MOHFW directed that all educational establishments schools, universities, as well as gyms, museums, cultural and social centers, swimming pools and theatres, remain shut. Students are advised to stay at home and turn to online education. Furthermore, the government has advised education institutes to ‘explore the possibility’ of postponing any upcoming exams.

Ongoing exams to be conducted only after ensuring physical distance of one meter amongst students, it further states.

On the other hand, private sector organisations and employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home wherever feasible. On the other hand, it is advised to conduct meetings, as far as feasible, through video conferencing.

Minimize or reschedule meetings involving large number of people unless necessary, the advisory says.

The MOHFW also suggest restaurants to ensure proper cleanliness and disinfection.

Restaurants to ensure hand washing protocol and proper cleanliness of frequently touched surfaces. Ensure physical distancing minimum 1 metre between tables; encourage open air seating where practical with adequate distancing, it says.

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When it comes to weddings, the advisory has suggested limiting the gathering in already planned weddings while it directs to postpone all non-essential social and cultural gatherings.

It also called for local authorities to have dialogues with organizers of sporting events and competitions to postpone these events. It further wants local authorities to coordinate with opinion leaders and religious leaders to regulate mass gatherings and ensure at least one metre distance between people.

Local authorities to have meeting with traders associations and other stakeholders to regulate hours, exhibit Do’s and Don’ts and take up a communication drive in market places like sabzi mandi, anaj mandi, bus depots, railway stations, post-offices etc., where essential services are provided, it further orders.

It also suggests one metre distance for all commercial activities between customers and to introduce measures to reduce peak hour crowding in markets.

Non-essential travel should be avoided. Buses, Trains and airplanes to maximize social distancing in public transport besides ensuring regular and proper disinfection of surfaces, it states.

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The advisory also directed hospitals to follow the necessary protocol related to COVID-19 management as prescribed and restrict family, friends, children visiting patients in hospitals.

Furthermore, it suggests people to maintain hygiene and physical distancing, to avoid shaking hands and hugging. It also suggests special protective measures for delivery men and women working in online ordering services. Lastly, it calls for keep communities informed consistently and constantly.

The advisory further says that the proposed interventions are in force till March 31, 2020, and will be reviewed as per the evolving situation.

World

22,81,49,892Cases
19,07,93,163Active
3,26,71,167Recovered
46,85,562Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,81,49,892 and 46,85,562 have died; 19,07,93,163 are active cases and 3,26,71,167 have recovered as on September 19, 2021 at 3:52 am.

India

3,34,48,163 30,773Cases
3,32,1588,481Active
3,26,71,167 38,945Recovered
4,44,838 309Deaths
In India, there are 3,34,48,163 confirmed cases including 4,44,838 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,32,158 and 3,26,71,167 have recovered as on September 19, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,18,502 3,391

51,472 530

63,28,561 3,841

1,38,469 80

Kerala

44,88,813 19,325

1,81,411 8,084

42,83,963 27,266

23,439 143

Karnataka

29,67,083 889

15,783 205

29,13,713 1,080

37,587 14

Tamil Nadu

26,43,683 1,653

16,893 50

25,91,480 1,581

35,310 22

Andhra Pradesh

20,37,353 1,174

14,653 144

20,08,639 1,309

14,061 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,652 9

193 2

16,86,572 7

22,887

West Bengal

15,61,014 728

7,967 41

15,34,406 757

18,641 12

Delhi

14,38,469 41

404 3

14,12,980 44

25,085

Odisha

10,19,621 695

5,929 689

10,05,564

8,128 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,042 28

332 14

9,91,150 42

13,560

Rajasthan

9,54,246 8

102 2

9,45,190 10

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,715 13

143 11

8,15,490 24

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,386 6

97 12

7,81,772 18

10,517

Haryana

7,70,711 6

323 0

7,60,580 6

9,808

Bihar

7,25,881 10

65 0

7,16,158 10

9,658

Telangana

6,63,281 255

5,148 75

6,54,230 329

3,903 1

Punjab

6,01,236 30

316 7

5,84,453 23

16,467

Assam

5,97,709 365

5,063 102

5,86,856 465

5,790 2

Jharkhand

3,48,114 3

74 20

3,42,907 23

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,376 21

282 0

3,35,704 20

7,390 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,773 152

1,479 39

3,21,878 113

4,416

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,813 174

1,610 30

2,11,554 142

3,649 2

Goa

1,75,414 123

771 40

1,71,351 81

3,292 2

Puducherry

1,25,384 128

924 5

1,22,631 122

1,829 1

Manipur

1,18,261 140

2,180 92

1,14,251 228

1,830 4

Tripura

83,840 31

367 37

82,665 67

808 1

Meghalaya

79,325 119

1,876 76

76,075 192

1,374 3

Mizoram

79,171 1,104

14,456 161

64,456 938

259 5

Chandigarh

65,176 4

35 1

64,323 3

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,060 32

461 44

53,328 76

271

Sikkim

30,893 54

728 28

29,786 82

379

Nagaland

30,840 60

491 20

29,696 39

653 1

Ladakh

20,702

109 0

20,386

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

1 4

10,665 4

4

Lakshadweep

10,356

6 1

10,299 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,598 2

14 0

7,455 2

129

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