Chhattisgarh: With an alarming surge in Covid-19 cases throughout the province, Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, on Thursday announced to increase the time period of night curfew in nine districts from 9 pm to 5 am, against the previous 11 pm to 5 am. The decision was announced at a function to mark four years of the Congress government in office.
The state CM said he was meeting medical experts in a day to take stock of the situation before announcing further stricter measures to check the spread. “The way the things are going, I fear it requires strict measures like restricting gatherings and punishments.”
He further said, at least 2,039 fresh Covid cases and 35 deaths had been reported till Wednesday evening, while 283 people are reportedly on oxygen support.
Mr Singh said that his government is looking into a request from Himachal Pradesh about the movement of people from Punjab to religious sites in the hilly state.
The veteran Congress leader also talked about anti-national activities from across the borders that has increased after the farmers’ agitation. He cited the use of drones to drop arms and ammunition from across the border and hoped the Centre would take action to check it.
Amarinder Singh also said that everyone in the government wanted Navjot Sidhu to be part of the government. “We had a cordial meeting on Wednesday evening. He has sought time to decide about joining the government.”
To note, as per India’s Wednesday Covid tally, the country recorded its highest daily with 35,871 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, since early December. While, Maharashtra continues to be the worst effected state, accounting nearly 64% of country’s daily caseload.
States like Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka and Gujarat are other four states that saw the highest daily rise in cases in the last 24 hours with 2,098; 2,013; 1,275; and 1,122 fresh cases respectively.