Punjab/Mizoram: In view of rising COVID-19 cases the Punjab and Mizoram government has sought to an extension of the ongoing lockdown. Punjab, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered a series of emergency measures, including the extension of weekend lockdown in all cities and towns in the state. On the other hand, the State Government in Mizoram also has extended the ongoing total lockdown in Aizawl municipal area till 4.30 am on the 24th of August.
In Punjab, the weekend lockdown decisions were taken by the Chief Minister during a virtual meeting with top officials to review the Covid-19 situation and finally resolved that the lockdown to been extended in 167 cities and towns of State along with the daily night curfew from 7 pm till 5 am. The measures will take effect from August 21. As part of emergency measures to deal with COVID-19, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also ordered a complete ban on all gatherings except weddings and funerals across the state till the 31st of this month. Also, the Government and private offices will work at 50 percent capacity until the end of this month.
The Chief Minister also directed the concerned officials to restrict public visitors to government offices and encouraging the use of an online grievance redressal system. The five worst-affected districts of Amritsar, currently accounting for 80 percent of the active case load in the state namely Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala and SAS Nagar in Mohali, will again have to follow the restrictions on vehicular capacity, with buses and other public transport to operate with50% capacity and private four-wheelers not allowed to carry more than three passengers per vehicle.
Directions to the deputy commissioners in these five districts to allow only 50%of the non-essential shops to open on a daily basis to check crowds have been given. Mr. Singh also directed Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta to strictly enforce compliance of directions. He also asked the DGP to crack the whip on all political protests and gatherings, and asked his own party, PunjabCongress, leadership to enforce the ban strictly. CM Amarinder pointed out 920coronavirus deaths reported in the state saying that each death pains me, and the projections for the coming weeks are grim. He said the state was in a 'health emergency’ situation, and strict measures were needed and that can be further intensified in the coming days to curb the spread of COVID-19.
In Mizoram, the State Government has extended the ongoing total lockdown in Aizawl municipal area till 4.30 am on 24th of August. The decision has been taken in view of the extensive contact tracing entailed by the detection of new COVID-19 cases in the last few days. In an order issued by Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuango said that the decision has also been taken to do more random sample tests to sustain the containment. Previously, the total lockdown in Aizawl municipal area was imposed on August 16 for the next four days till today morning to contain the spread. Currently, the state has 895 cases of Covid-19. According to the official statement, 22new Coronavirus cases were detected and 18 patients recovered in the past 24hours. 402 patients have been discharged after recovery and presently 493 patients are undergoing treatment.