Capt orders strict curfew in Punjab

TPE Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 23

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in Punjab, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has ordered a complete lockdown till March 31 as an emergency measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. No relaxations will be provided, the CM tweeted on Monday.

After reviewing situation with Chief Secretary andDGP, announced full curfew with no relaxations, Capt Amarinder Singh wrote. He added that the DCs have been asked to issue orders accordingly. Any person required to be given relaxation will be so allowed specifically for given period and purpose, the Punjab CM said.

I have directed the provision of free food, shelter and medicines for those in need and 20 crore has been sanctioned out of CM relief fund for same. Additionally, DCs and SDMs have been asked to extend all assistance to those in need, Amarinder Singh tweeted.

Earlier, the Punjab government had said there will be no curfew during the lockdown period but restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC will remain imposed, preventing gathering of more than 10 persons at any given time. The government decided to exempt the essential services.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had also warned of tougher restrictions to check the spread of the deadly infection.

In an official notification, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh ordered shutdown of all establishments to break the transmission chain of coronavirus.

On Sunday, Punjab reported seven more coronavirus cases, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 21, officials said.

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