Covid surge: Punjab announces night curfew, ban on gatherings from today

Amritsar: Punjab, which is one of the top five contributors in daily covid cases, has declared some new restrictions including night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am till April 30 in a bid to curb the recent surge that has been feared as the second wave of coronavirus across the country. 

The state has also put a cap on political gatherings. Other gatherings including funerals, weddings and cremations have also faces attendance related restrictions. Only 50 people can attend indoor functions, and 100 for outdoors.

The new guidelines also restrict attendance in cinema halls to 50 per cent. Meanwhile, in a slight relaxation, entry of 10 people per shot at malls at any point has been allowed in comparison from the 100 people allowed in a mall at one time.

Earlier, the Punjab government had ordered to extend the existing covid-19 related restrictions till 10 April.

In all the government offices, masks have been made mandatory, while private offices have been asked to operate in work from home mode. 

Other restrictions that has been imposed in the state include closure of schools and educational institutions – will be effective till April 30, as per a communique from the Chief Minister’s Office.

Punjab is one of the three states where Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent Central teams after Sunday’s covid-19 review meeting.

Punjab has contributed 4.5 per cent of the number of cases in the country and 16.3 per cent of the deaths in the last 14 days, the Prime Minister’s Office said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the state suffered 62 covid-19 related fatalities on Tuesday, while there were over 2,900 new cases, the Health Department said on Tuesday. The new additions took the overall casualty tally to 7,216, while the infection tally rose to 2,57,057 with 2,924 cases, the bulletin said.

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