Due to the upsurge in the number of COVID-19 positive cases, Punjab has resolved to prolong it’s lockdown till May 1, 2020. The state has 151 active cases with 11 casualties as on April 10, 2020 at 8:24pm. The decision has been taken in the state cabinet meeting by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and he is anticipated to communicate this to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his conference on Saturday with CMs of all states.
Punjab is the second state after Odisha to carry on with the lockdown . The Odisha Govt., on Thursday, proclaimed to sustain the lockdown till April 30 and also stated that all schools, colleges and other educational institutions will remain shut down till June 17.
Amidst such consternation of community transmission of COVID-19 in the forthcoming days, the Punjab Govt has heightened the curfew restrictions to lessen the burden on the medical authorities and to avoid swarming at the Mandis in this wheat harvesting season. Use of face masks have been made obligatory for those in public. The Punjab Cabinet also sanctioned the Punjab Clinical Establishment (Registration and Regulation) Ordinance 2020 to build private hospitals and to curb the pandemic.
As per the Health Ministry, India has 6565 ongoing cases while the death rate tolls at 239. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked all the states and UTs to adhere to stern lockdown steps and not grant permission for any kind of “social/religious gathering/ procession”. It is also keeping a strict vigilance on any kind of misinformation being circulated about the virus on social media.
Punjab Govt has planned to form a 15 member task force to contrive a plan of action for the consistent moderation of both the lockdown and curfew taking into account the smooth running of daily chores.