COVID-19 Scare: Punjab, Rajasthan to enforce lockdown till March 31
Chandigarh/Jaipur: Amid COVID-19 outbreak threat, Punjab and Rajasthan government have ordered complete lockdown in the states in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The Punjab government on Sunday decided to enforce lockdown in the entire state till March 31 in the wake of the threat of coronavirus. Punjab has so far reported 14 cases of coronavirus.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said all essential and government services would continue during the lockdown.
Ordered statewide lock down till 31st March to check spread of Covid 19, he tweeted.
“All essential Govt services will continue & shops selling essential items such as milk, food items, medicines, etc will be open. All DCs & SSPs have been directed to implement the restrictions immediately, Singh said in his tweet.
Ordered statewide lock down till 31st March to check spread of #Covid19
All essential Govt services will continue & shops selling essential items such as milk, food items, medicines, etc will be open.
All DCs & SSPs have been directed to implement the restrictions immediately. pic.twitter.com/Wa2iqpDChY
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) March 22, 2020
“Punjab government will enforce lockdown in the entire state till March 31, a senior official told PTI here.
Eleven more persons tested positive for coronavirus in Punjab on Saturday, taking the total number of confirmed cases of the infection to 14 in the state.
While Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday ordered complete lockdown in the state in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Everything, except essential services, shall remain shut during this period, the Chief Minister said, adding that all government and private offices, shops, shopping malls, factories and public transport shall remain under lockdown.
“It’s important for people to stay indoors at this time to combat this dreadful world epidemic,” Gehlot said. The Chief Minister was addressing a meeting to review the arrangements been made in the state to check the spread of the dreaded virus.
“The government stands with the people in these testing times. People should follow all the guidelines issued by the government to ensure that the situation doesn’t go out of control,” he said.
A core group has been formed to take daily decisions, which shall visit the deprived and poor section of the society to check on their needs during the lockdown period. Families connected with the National Food Security Act (NFSA) shall get free wheat for two months.
The street vendors and daily workers, who are out of the NFSA list, shall get food packets free of cost for two months from April 1.
The Chief Minister also appealed to all factory workers to ensure that they are being paid their salaries during the lockdown period. Also, they should not be terminated from their jobs during this period.
(With IANS & PTI inputs)