Amid the unprecedented spike in the Covid-19 cases, the Punjab Government on Monday has ordered a slew of strict restrictions and extended the night curfew by two more hours. It has also ordered the closure of shops by 5 pm.
As per the new directive announced by Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh decreed a daily lockdown will continue from 6 pm to 5 am till further notice.
Meanwhile, a weekend lockdown will be in force from Friday 6 pm to Monday 5 am. Presently, the curfew restrictions remain in place from 8 pm to 5 am daily.
Urging everyone to stay at home and step out only if necessary, Mr Singh added that the government seeks full cooperation from the masses.
“Due to continuous & rapid rise of #Covid19 cases in Punjab, Cabinet today has decided to impose daily lockdown from 6 PM to 5 AM and weekend lockdown from Friday 6 PM to Monday 5 AM. Urge you all to stay at home & step out only if absolutely necessary. Seek your full cooperation”, Punjab CM Capt. Amarinder Singh wrote in a tweet on Monday.
Due to continuous & rapid rise of #Covid19 cases in Punjab, Cabinet today has decided to impose daily lockdown from 6 PM to 5 AM and weekend lockdown from Friday 6 PM to Monday 5 AM. Urge you all to stay at home & step out only if absolutely necessary. Seek your full cooperation. pic.twitter.com/gS4TFlw5lZ
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) April 26, 2021
Furthermore, Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar said, all shops will remain open till 5 pm, news agency PTI reported.
In retrospect, 76 more people died from coronavirus in Punjab as the state reported another record single-day spike of 7,014 cases on Sunday. The state has taken its infection tally to 3,39,090 and saw 6,762 cases on April 23.
With 76 more fatalities in the past 24-hours, the death toll in the state reached 8,432, according to a medical bulletin issued on Sunday, reported the LiveMint.
The Chief Minister has reportedly directed the Health Department to follow up with the Centre for vaccine supplies as the state presently had only 1.76 lakh Covishield and 22,000 Covaxin doses in stock.
Health Secretary Hussan Lal disclosed that in response to directives from the Chief Minister, 2,000 beds would be added to strengthen the L2 and L3 bed capacity in government and private hospitals.