New Delhi: The Union ministry of home affairs on Wednesday released a fresh set of guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The fresh norms will be effective from December 1, 2020 and will remain in place till December 31.

The MHA said only essential activities will be allowed in Containment Zones. Local, district, police and municipal authorities shall be responsible to ensure that prescribed measures are strictly followed and state/UT governments shall ensure accountability of concerned officers. 

Main focus is to consolidate substantial gains achieved against COVID-19. Further, keeping in view of recent spike in cases in few States/UTs, it is emphasised that there is need to maintain caution, says MHA.

The MHA said, “States and UTs also need to enforce social distancing in offices. In cities, where weekly positivity rate is over 10%, states/UTs concerned shall consider implementing staggered office timings and other measures, to ensure social distancing.”

Covid-19 rules and containment measures prescribed by the health ministry strictly need to be demarcated containment zone. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services, the MHA said in statement. 

Surveillance teams will conduct intensive house-to-house surveillance and quick isolation of Covid-19 patients shall be ensured in treatment facilities or home, it added.