Covid-19: Punjab Govt extends lockdown till May 1

The Punjab government led Captain Amarinder Singh decided to extend the lockdown in the state until May 1. This decision was taken at today's state cabinet meeting and comes at a time when Punjab is seeing a massive increase in the number of Covid-19 cases that have already crossed the state's 100-mark.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 10, 2020 19:48 IST

Tags: India Corona
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Decision taken at the meeting of the Council of Ministers

 

The government said the lockdown has been extended because of apprehensions about Covid-19's community spread.

"The decision was taken at a meeting of the Council of Ministers, chaired by Captain Amarinder Singh, to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the community and to avoid overcrowding in the Mandis in the light of the ensuing season for wheat harvesting/procurement," the government said in a press release.

It said at the virtual conference of chief ministers on Saturday, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will convey the decision to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The government has also decided to create a multidisciplinary task force to devise an exit strategy for incremental curfew/lockdown relaxation. The task force is to deliver its report within 10 days. The task force will have about 15 members representing practitioners from trade, business, industry, agriculture, civil society, and health care.

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