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Coronavirus | Uttarakhand announces ₹1 lakh relief for relatives of those who die of COVID-19

Police personnel stop commuters after the Uttarakhand government enforced lockdown in the city amid coronavirus pandemic, in Dehradun.

Police personnel stop commuters after the Uttarakhand government enforced lockdown in the city amid coronavirus pandemic, in Dehradun.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The announcement was made by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat while reviewing the coronavirus situation in the state through a video conference with officials.

The Uttarakhand government on Thursday announced a compensation of ₹1 lakh to the next of kin of those who die of COVID-19 in the state.

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The announcement was made by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat while reviewing the coronavirus situation in the state through a video conference with officials.

The Chief Minister also asked officials to ensure strict compliance of the Union government guidelines for containment zones and take stern action against violators.

He asked them to create awareness among people about the necessity of using masks and social distancing.

Mr. Rawat underlined the need for field surveillance to ensure strict adherence to the norms by people.

Reviewing the situation, the Chief Minister said all necessary facilities should be made available at quarantine centres and surprise checks should be conducted to see if the norms are being followed by people in home quarantine.

Funds should be provided to gram pradhans to upgrade facilities at quarantine centres in villages, Mr. Rawat said.

Mr. Rawat asked the district magistrates to do infrastructure and logistic gap analysis in their areas in terms of the situation that may arise in the coming days and take preparatory steps accordingly.

The battle against COVID-19 can be fought only with cooperation of people, he said, adding that strictness and awareness are the two main weapons in this battle.

Mr. Rawat also ordered a complete sanitisation of Dehradun by closing down the city on Saturdays and Sundays.

The chief minister ordered closure of the Dehradun’s Niranjanpur vegetable market from where several people tested positive for the infection recently.

He said the market should be closed and an alternative arrangement be made.

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