Lockdown, testing, quarantine: Latest alerts for Delhi, West Bengal, 8 other states

India recorded over 4.12 lakh new COVID cases on Thursday. Most of the country is under various state curfew and lockdown orders that are either getting extended, or being replaced with fresh guidelines. 

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Here are the latest updates, at a glance:

  • West Bengal tightens train travel rules for out-of-state arrivals
  • Delhi mandates quarantine for all arrivals from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
  • Rajasthan declares complete lockdown from May 10May 24
  • Karnataka places lockdown from May 10May 24
  • Kerala issues statewide lockdown from May 8May 16
  • Odisha’s lockdown, already in effect, ends on May 19
  • Telangana extends night curfew till May 15
  • Goa extends curfew, now from May 9–23
  • Himachal Pradesh changes curfew rules; requires e-pass for out-of-state arrivals
  • Uttarakhand extends ‘corona curfew’ in 3 districts till May 10

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Please Note: Travel to/from railway stations and airports is allowed during all local lockdowns or curfews for passengers carrying valid tickets and ID proof. 

West Bengal train travel guidelines changed

Starting May 5 for up to two weeks, all long-distance train passengers coming from other states into West Bengal have been asked to carry a negative RT-PCR test report, with the test conducted within 72 hours of their train’s departure.

The Bengal government also suspended the movement of local trains for 14 days, while road transport and metro rail services would be allowed to run at 50% capacity. 

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Delhi’s new quarantine rules

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has mandated that all persons arriving from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh via any mode of transport will have to undergo government-approved institutional quarantine / paid quarantine for 14 days.

Home quarantine for 7 days will only be allowed for passengers who are fully vaccinated (two doses) and can show its certificate, or for those who are carrying a negative RT-PCR report (not older than 72 hours prior to their departure). Those who don’t have a home quarantine facility available can opt for government-approved institutional / paid quarantine for 7 days. 

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Rajasthan, Karnataka, Kerala and Odisha impose state lockdowns

Rajasthan has issued a state lockdown from May 10 (5 am) to May 24 (5 am). All public and private transport has been prohibited, except for use in medical services. Intrastate and interstate travel has also been banned, with some exceptions. 

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Karnataka’s lockdown will come into effect from 6 am on May 10 and end at 6 am on May 24. The state has revised its safety guidelines, and has allowed exemptions for the use of public/private transport in specific scenarios. 

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Kerala began a complete lockdown from 6 am today (Saturday, May 8) till Sunday, May 16. Taxis, autos and private vehicles can be used for medical requirements and getting essential commodities. Interstate road transport by individuals is only allowed after registering on the state’s Jagratha portal.

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Odisha also passed statewide lockdown orders earlier. Starting from May 5, a 14-day lockdown came into effect that will continue till 5 am on May 19. Weekend shutdowns will also apply, from 6 pm on Fridays till 5 am on Mondays. 

To know exemptions and prohibited activities, see the complete Odisha lockdown guidelines here. 

New curfew rules in Telangana, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand

Telangana will be extending its night curfew till 5 am on May 15. Additional restrictions have been placed on marriages (max. 100 guests) and funerals (max. 20 attendees).

Goa will have a curfew in place from tomorrow, May 9, till May 23. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant also mentioned in a recent press conference that a COVID-negative report or vaccination certificate will be made mandatory for tourists entering the state.

Himachal Pradesh began a curfew from 6 am yesterday (May 7) which will continue till 6 am on May 17. During curfew, the assembly of more than 5 people is unlawful, but up to 20 persons can gather for weddings/funerals with prior permission. Interstate and intrastate movement of public transport has been capped at 50%. Anyone arriving in Himachal Pradesh by air/rail/road must register on covid19epass.hp.gov.in before their journey.

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Uttarakhand will be extending its ‘corona curfew’ in Dehradun, Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar till 5 am on May 10. However, there will be no restriction on the interstate or intrastate movement of people. 

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