Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday ordered that restrictions beneath Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which bars assembly of higher than four people, be imposed inside the state amid rising COVID-19 circumstances.
Marriage and ”bhog” ceremonies have been exempt from the prohibitory orders, the chief minister talked about, warning of strict movement in opposition to the organisers who defy the norms.
The modern restrictions obtained right here solely a day after he launched a set of lockdown restrictions inside the state till August 31 amid rising circumstances of the novel coronavirus.
The Punjab authorities had on Thursday launched a weekend lockdown in all 167 cities and cities inside the state and extended the night curfew interval by two hours.
He warned of rather more stringent measures after August 31, if wished, to look at the unfold of COVID-19 and save the lives of the oldsters of Punjab.
He appealed to all political occasions to stay away from any gatherings, along with protests.
In case of any violation of the Section 144, the organisers who’re inserting people in peril by organising such gatherings or allowing people to assemble with out masks, will doubtless be arrested, he talked about, in line with an official assertion.
The chief minister moreover requested all religious and group leaders to ask their followers to take all restrictions/precautions as imposed and to not violate the prohibitory orders.
He moreover directed the police to strictly implement prescribed amount and social distancing at marriage and bhog ceremonies.
The COVID-19 tally had gone as a lot as 37,824 in Punjab on account of elevated testing, the assertion quoted the chief minister as saying.
As many as 20,290 samples had been examined on Thursday and the tales of 1,741 of them had been found constructive — a positivity cost of 8.5 per cent, in line with the assertion.
The frequent daily improve for the ultimate seven days was 1,400 plus, he recognized, together with that 37 people had died on Thursday, taking the complete number of COVID-19 deaths to 957 and mortality cost to 2.5 per cent.
“There were, as of yesterday, 349 patients on oxygen and 39 on ventilator, which was a cause for concern,” the chief minister talked about, together with that the utmost number of circumstances ultimate week had been reported from Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar, Mohali & Bathinda.
As per the directions which obtained right here into influence from Friday, night curfew will doubtless be from 7 pm till 5 am instead of the earlier 9 pm to 5 am size in all cities and cities.
The statistics paint a darkish picture, Mr Singh talked about on Friday all through an model of his “Facebook Live #AskCaptain”, warning that if people do not take compulsory precautions, points will solely worsen.
“Unfortunately, people were now taking things lightly, forcing the government to take harsh measures, some of which were announced yesterday,” he talked about, together with that 3000-6000 circumstances of people being challaned for not carrying masks daily.
“Why don”t we understand that the precautions are necessary for saving your lives and those of other Punjabis?,” Mr Singh talked about, urging people to pay heed to his repeated appeals.
Noting that the state was headed within the route of a peak, he talked about by September 3, the circumstances in Punjab are projected to go as a lot as 64000, and cross the one lakh-mark by September 15.
Deaths may even improve, with specialists estimating over 1500 deaths by September 3, he warned, hoping that the oldsters will take heed to him and take due precautions. “We don”t have to let Punjab go the America way,” he added.
Stressing that testing and nicely timed remedy was the necessary factor, he talked about it was important to report again to hospitals inside 72 hours of onset of indicators. There was no stigma hooked as much as it, he talked about, together with he had moreover acquired himself examined twice for COVID-19.
In response to a question from a Ludhiana resident searching for clarification on rumours in his village of the state authorities getting Rs Three lakh from the Centre for every COVID-19 affected particular person, the chief minister categorically denied receiving any money from the central authorities for the fight in opposition to the pandemic.
“This information is wrong, not a single rupee has been received,” he talked about, together with that his authorities had repeatedly, in actuality, written to the Centre for financial assist to fight COVID-19.