With Covid-19 cases nearing 6.8 million and the toll rising to 1.05 lakh, the government today issued guidelines for the upcoming festival season, barring events and mass gatherings in containment zones. People in containment zones have been advised to observe festivals at homes to prevent disease transmission due to crowding.
“Events planned to last for many days or weeks such as fairs, puja pandals, Ramlila pandals and concerts should have adequate measures to ensure a cap on gatherings.
Staggered timings and restricted entry may be considered,” say the guidelines. The ministry said the guidelines were meant to sustain recent gains in stabilisation of cases. The national recovery rate surged to 85 per cent today with daily new recoveries at 82,203, outpacing daily new cases at 72,049.
Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala are reporting over half of all new cases. The sharpest recent surge of new infections was seen in Kerala (being linked to Onam celebrations). The recovery rate in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh is more than the national average.