States are allowed to impose local restrictions based on assessment of situation with a view to contain spread of COVID-19, said Home Ministry on Tuesday.

The fresh guidelines and SOPs, announced by home ministry on Tuesday will come into effect from April 1 and will be enforced till April 30.

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Here are the new guidelines and SOPs announced by the home ministry.

Under the new guidelines, the home ministry directed all states and union territories to strictly enforce test-track-treat protocol in response to surging coronavirus cases in the country.

On diagnosis and testing conducted for COVID-19, the home ministry asked states where proportion of RT-PCR tests is less to rapidly increase it in order to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Those who tests positive should be put in mandatory quarantine/isolation at the earliest provided timeframe.

The Centre also asked all the states to conduct mass vaccination drives Centre and pace up COVID-19 vaccination to cover all priority groups.

The responsibility for enforcing the protocols is given to Local district, police and municipal authorities and State/ UT Governments shall ensure the accountability of the officers concerned in this regard.

Apart from enhanced COVID-19 testing and containment measure, the ministry also emphasised on the need to ensure the resumption of activities is successful