Union Health Minister praises doctors, paramedical staff, pilots, airlines’ staff in Rajya Sabha; Says there are not enough words to appreciate them; Health Ministry issues additional travel advisory while Maharashtra Election Commission postpones all upcoming elections till further notice.
The Centre has issued advisory on social distancing. Centre hs already told the states to shut schools, gyms, theatres and encourage private firms to let its employees work from home where feasible in an effort to reduce the possibility of spreading coronavirus infection within the community.
In an advisory to state governments, the Union Health Ministry also asked people to avoid non-essential travel within the country as part of what has been described as social distancing.
The government has spared shopping malls, restaurants and places of worship but asked local authorities to reach out to traders and religious leaders to make sure that people in and around their premises keep a distance of one metre to prevent spread of the infection.
In schools and universities, the government has also advised states to explore the possibility of postponing exams. In case this isn’t feasible, the government told states to ensure that a distance of one metre is maintained between students in the examination hall.
Closure of schools, universities, gyms & museums
Cultural and social centres, swimming pools, theatres shut
Students advised to stay at home, online education promoted
Possibility of postponing exams may be explored
Ongoing exams to be conducted only after ensuring distance of 1m amongst students
Private sector organisations encouraged to allow employees to work from home
Meetings to be done through video conference as far as feasible
Restaurants to ensure hand washing protocol and proper cleanliness
Ensure minimum 1m distance between tables in restaurants, encourage open air seating
Keep already planned weddings to limited gathering, postpone all non-essential gatherings
Sporting events advised to be postponed
Authorities to have dialogue with opinion leaders, religious leaders to regulate mass gatherings
Local authorities to meet traders associations and other stakeholders to regulate hours
Traders to exhibit Do’s and Don’ts, take up communication drive in markets
All commercial activities must keep distance of 1m between customers
Buses, Trains and planes to maximise social distancing, ensure regular & proper disinfection
Hospitals to restrict family/friends/children visiting patients
Special protective measures for delivery men/ women working in online ordering services
In the ongoing Rajya Sabha session, Union health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan praised doctors, paramedics, air staff and all the health officials for working round the clock on ground to save lives and stop spreading the coronavirus pandemic.