National directives for COVID-19 Management issued

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  • April 17, 2020
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National directives for COVID-19 Management issued

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Health; GS-III – Disaster management 

In News:

  • Union Government has recently issued a list of National Directives for COVID-19 management while extending the lockdown period till 3rd May, 2020. 

Key takeaways:

  • Spitting in public is prohibited and punishable with a fine. 
  • Wearing of face cover in work places and public places has been made compulsory. 
  • No organization and manager of public spaces shall allow gathering of five or more persons.
  • Gatherings such as marriages and funerals shall remain regulated by the District Magistrate.
  • There will be a strict ban on sale of items such as liquor, gutka and tobacco.
  • All work places must have adequate arrangements for temperature screening and provide sanitizers at convenient places.
  • Work places should have a gap of one hour between shifts and lunch breaks to ensure social distancing.
  • Both private and public work places are asked to encourage the use of Arogya Setu for all employees.

Important value additions:

Arogya Setu

  • Aarogya Setu is a COVID-19 tracking mobile application
  • It is developed by the National Informatics Centre that comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.
  • The purpose of this app is to spread the awareness and to connect essential health services to the people of India. 
  • It uses smartphone’s GPS and Bluetooth features to track the coronavirus infection. 
  • It is an updated version of an earlier app called Corona Kavach (now discontinued). 
  • Aarogya Setu has four sections:
    •  Your Status: tells the risk of getting COVID-19 for the user. 
    • Self-Assess: lets the user know the risk of being infected. 
    • COVID-19 Update: gives update on the local and national COVID-19 cases. 
    • E-pass:yet to go active.  

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