NEW DELHI: Amid rapidly rising Covid-19 cases across the country, a few states have decided to bring back some of the restrictions eased during the current Unlock 1.0, while others are considering a complete shutdown.
Taking note of state health department data indicating the pandemic’s peak in Punjab is two months away, CM Amarinder Singh on Thursday ordered stricter lockdown on weekends and public holidays, with movement restricted to epasses holders only. All citizens, except medical staff and essential service providers, will have to download e-passes from an app, he said.
The industrial sector is, however, allowed to function normally. Singh asked medical experts to consider imposition of “strict conditions”, including mandatory testing, for people entering the state from Delhi.
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has asked medical experts to consider imposition of “strict conditions”, including mandatory testing, for people entering the state from Delhi On an average, 500-800 vehicles enter Punjab every day from the national capital.
Concerned over the rising number of Covid-19 cases in Chennai, the Madras HC on Thursday asked the Tamil Nadu government: “Why can’t Chennai city alone be locked down?” The court asked the government pleader to give his response by Friday. With more than 25,000 cases, Chennai accounts for about 70% of Tamil Nadu’s total cases. The rising number of deaths, which stood at 258 on Thursday, too has worried the court.
“We want to know whether the government has devised any scheme, which includes complete lockdown or curfew to contain the spread in Chennai,” the bench of Justices Vineet Kothari and R Suresh Kumar asked.
Congress, a partner in the ruling alliance in Jharkhand, on Thursday asked CM Hemant Soren to impose a complete lockdown to check the spike in cases. Kerala, too, has decided to reformulate the methodology of defining containment zones with stricter criteria.