Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, April 10
Given the seriousness of the situation… Cabinet has decided to extend the lockdown. These are difficult times & I appeal to all to stay home & strictly observe health safeguards as you have done so far.
Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab CM
Amid apprehensions of the community spread of Covid-19 and the need to prevent overcrowding in mandis during the upcoming wheat harvesting and procurement season, the Punjab Government on Friday decided to extend the curfew in the state till May 1. This comes on a day global death toll crossed 1 lakh.
The decision, taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Capt Amarinder Singh, will be conveyed to PM Narendra Modi at his video conference with CMs on Saturday.
Punjab has become the second state after Odisha to extend the lockdown. The Odisha Government had on Thursday announced an extension of the ongoing lockdown till April 30.
Capt Amarinder Singh informed his Cabinet colleagues that most of the 27 positive cases reported on Thursday, the highest single-day increase in the state, were cases of secondary transmission, an indication that the state was moving into the community transmission stage. Citing grim projections about the spread of the virus in the coming weeks, the CM said the curfew restrictions were essential so that the medical infrastructure wouldn’t get overburdened. There was a consensus in the medical community that the lockdown curbs would only delay the spread of the disease, he said.
The Cabinet also approved the setting up a high-powered committee to suggest a road map for the state’s economic revival in the post-Covid period.
States must not allow religious gatherings: MHA
New Delhi, April 10
The Centre today sent an advisory to states and Union Territory administrations, asking them to ensure strict compliance with lockdown measures to fight Covid-19 and not allow any social and religious gatherings and processions.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) advisory said, “In view of the ensuing festivals in the month of April, it is directed that all states/UTs must ensure strict compliance with lockdown measures to fight Covid-19 and not allow any social/religious gathering/procession.”
The advisory directed top functionaries of the state and UT governments to communicate to district authorities and field agencies the specific prohibitions as mentioned in the consolidated guidelines on lockdown measures.
“Appropriate vigil on social media should also be maintained against circulation of any objectionable content,” the advisory said. — TNS
15-member task force to plan exit strategy
- Punjab has decided to set up a multi-disciplinary task force to formulate an exit strategy for the gradual relaxation of lockdown and curfew
- The 15-member task force, representing trade, business, industry, agriculture, civil society and healthcare professionals, will submit its report within 10 days
State to turn to Montek for revival plan
- Punjab Govt has approved setting up of a high-powered panel to draw up a road map for state’s economic revival in the post-Covid period
- Capt Amarinder Singh will be requesting former Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Ahluwalia to head the committee