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Unvaccinated banned from buying fuel, groceries in Indian city

An Indian city with a population similar to Dublin has banned shops from selling fuel or groceries to unvaccinated people in an effort to increase the region’s jab rate.

The city of Aurangabad is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra, and has a population of around a million people.

Of its jab-eligible population, however, only around 55% have been vaccinated, compared to 74% at the state-wide level.

As a result, earlier this month, the district administration ordered shops and petrol stations to supply fuel and groceries only to people who had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 jab, ordering them to check vaccination certificates of customers.

Moreover, before that, the District Collector ordered that unvaccinated people could not enter historic sites, monuments, government buildings and private offices in the city.

The administration threatened to take action under the Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Diseases Act if the new policy was not followed by businesses.

 

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