Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Containment, Control and Prevention of Spread of COVID-19 - Notification - Issued. G.O.Rt.No:202., Dated:18-03-2020.



GOVERNMENT OFANDHRA PRADESH 
ABSTRACT

HM&FW Department · Containment, Control and Prevention of Spread of COVID-19 - Notification - Issued.

HEALTH MEDICAL & FAMILY WELFARE (82) DEPARTMENT
G.O.Rt.No:202.                                       Dated:18-03-2020










Read the following
1.G.O.Rt.No.189, HM&FW (B2) Deptt.,dt. 13.3.2020
2. Memo No. 26022(33)/17/2020·8. dt. 13.3.2020
3. D.0.No.Z-21020/14/2020-PH,Dt: 16.3.2020 from the Secretary,Health,GOI.

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ORDER
    World Health Organization (WHO) has declared recent Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic affecting all the regions of the world as Pandemic. WHO also classified risk assessment as Very High at the Globallevel. In this contex1,A ndhra Pradesh has strengthened the surveillance for containment,controland prevention of COVID·19.

2. Whereas, the Government of Andhra Pradesh to empower certain officers of the State Government to take all such measures as may be necessary to contain spread of the said Virus in the State and in exercise of the powers conferred under Section-2, 3 and 4 of Epidemic Diseases Act,1897 issued "the A ndhra Pradesh Epidemic Disease COVID-19 Regulations 2020." Vide G.O. 2°• read above.

3. To effectively enforce the Regulations regarding COVID·19 read with all the enabling provisions in continuation  of  instructions  issued  earlier vide  reference  1,2  read  above, Government hereby issue the following instructions to prevent and contain spread of COVID-19 in the State of Andhra Pradesh:

I. Educational Institutions:
    a. All educational,training,coaching (Schools /Colleges / Universities) institutions shall be closed with immediate effect up to 31.03.2020. All hostels and boarding facilities for students / trainees should be evacuated immediately and arrangements should be made for sending students I trainees to their respect ve homes under due precautions. Students should be advised to stay at home. Wherever possible Institutions should make provision for online classes for continuity purposes.

    b. wherever exams are going on,the same should be conducted as per schedule and  students  should  be  send home  immediately  post  completion of  schedule.

    c. Physical distancing of 1.00 meter should be maintained between students in ongoing examinations.

    d. Students who are suffering from fever,cold and cough should be made to write examinations in separate rooms.

II. Social Distancing Measures:
Social distancing is a non-pharmaceutical infection prevention and control intervention implemented to avoid/decrease contact betweenthose who are infected with a disease causing pathogen and those who are not, so as to stop or slow down the rate and extent of disease transmission in a community. This eventually leads to decrease in spread, morbidity and mortality due to the disease.

All proposed interventions shall be in force till 31st of March,2020. They will be reviewed as per the evolving situation.The following intervent ons are directed:

    1. Private sector organizations/employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home wherever feasible.
    2. Meetings,as far as feasible,shall be done throughvideo conferences.
Minimize or reschedule meetings involving large number of people unless necessary.
    3. Restaurants to ensure handwashing protocol and proper cleanliness of frequently touched  surfaces.  Ensure physical distancing (minimum one metre) between  tables; encourage open air seating where practicalwith adequate distancing,
    4. Keep already planned weddings to a limited gathering, postpone all non-essent ialsocial and cultural gatherings.
    5. Local authorities  to  have  a  dialogue  with  organizers  of  sporting  events  and
competitions involving large gatherings and they may be advised to postpone such events.
    6. Local authorities to have a dialogue with opinion leaders and religious leaders to regulate mass gatherings and should ensure no overcrowding/at least one metre distance between people. Page 1of 2
    7. Local authorities to have meeting with trader's Assoc iations and other stakeholders to regulate hours,exhibit Do's and Don'ts and take up a communication drive in market places like sabzi mandi, anaj mandi, bus depots, railway stations, post-offices etc., where essential services are provided.
    8. All  commercial activities  must  keep a  distance  of  one  meter between  customers.
Measures to reduce peak hour crowding 1in markets.
    9. Non-essential travel should be avoided. Buses, Trains and aeroplanes to maximize socialdistancing in public transport besides ensuring regular and proper disinfection of surfaces.
  10. Hospitals to follow necessary protocolrelated with COVID-19 management as prescribed
and restrict family/friends/children visiting patients in hospitals.
  11. Hygiene and physicaldistancing has to be maintained.Shaking hands and hugging as a matter of greeting to be avoided.
  12. Special protective measures for delivery men/ women work ing in online ordering services.
   13. Keep communities informed consistently and constantly.

(BY ORDER AND INTHE NAME OFTHE GOVERNOR OF ANDHRA PRADESH)

Dr.K.S.JAWAHAR REDDY
SPL. CHIEFSECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT





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