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Punjab extends curfew by 2 weeks, joins Bengal in lifting some curbs

Punjab has reported 377 COVID-19 circumstances and 19 deaths to date.

Setting a doable post-May three template, Punjab on Wednesday turned the primary state to announce a two-week extension of lockdown (until May 17), however stated restrictions will probably be eased for 4 hours every day, from 7 am to 11 am, in non-containment zones with impact from Thursday. It additionally determined to permit opening of retailers and industries in these areas.

Similarly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated specialists and docs are of the opinion that the restrictions ought to proceed until May-end, however introduced some relaxations in non-containment zones from May 4 — together with motion of personal taxis and buses in inexperienced zones, inside the district, with a restricted variety of passengers.

Both state governments underlined that the native administration would take the ultimate name on easing curbs.

Announcing his authorities’s determination in a televised tackle, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh stated: “The decision on further course of action will be taken after two weeks, depending on the situation. The only solution is social distancing. If it is under control after two weeks, we will take a call.”

Singh requested individuals to keep up self-discipline and underlined that in the event that they step out, they have to put on masks, guarantee social distancing and return to their properties by 11 am. “If we have given relaxation, that does not mean you can call your friends home. Social distancing has to be ensured,” he stated.

Punjab has reported 377 COVID-19 circumstances and 19 deaths to date. While 4 districts — Patiala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Mohali — have been declared hotspots, the containment zones are: Jawaharpur in Mohali, Pathlawa village in Nawanshahar, Sujanpur in Pathankot, New Jain Market in Rajpura and Kacha Patiala, Safabadi Gate in Patiala.

Earlier this week, the Punjab authorities had arrange an knowledgeable committee to formulate a lockdown exit technique.

Issuing tips for resuming financial exercise in non-containment zones, the state authorities stated standalone outlets, neighbourhood outlets and outlets in residential areas will probably be allowed to open on rotation, from 7 am to 11 am. However, outlets in market complexes and buying malls in addition to barber outlets will stay closed.

All outlets in rural areas registered beneath the Shops & Establishment Act, besides these in multi-brand and single-brand malls, may even be allowed to open with 50 per cent employees energy, for 4 hours every day.

The authorities has permitted all building actions in rural areas. In city areas, work on ongoing tasks will probably be allowed, topic to availability of employees.

In line with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs’ tips, the state has additionally permitted industries in Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Export Oriented Units (EOUs), industrial estates, industrial townships and rural areas to function. However, the administration should organize transport for employees, medical insurance coverage, tie-up with hospitals, disinfection of the premises, thermal screening of workers and so forth. The employees may even be allowed to maneuver on cycles or on foot.

In Kolkata, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee introduced that standalone outlets, together with for electronics, books, paint, laundry, {hardware}, cellphone recharge and paan outlets, will probably be allowed to open in non-containment zones from May 4.

“We will only allow standalone shops. No hawkers’ corner, market or shopping complex will be allowed to open,” she stated. “We thought we would take a decision after getting clarity from the central government. But we did not get any clarification. So, we announced our decision today. We have taken some decisions, which will be implemented from Monday,” she stated.

She stated taxis, with no more than three passengers, and personal buses, with no more than 20 passengers, will probably be allowed to ply in inexperienced zones, inside the district.

Some industries, together with iron and metal, will probably be allowed to start out manufacturing in inexperienced zones. But salons, spas, tailoring outlets, liquor outlets, tea stalls won’t be allowed.

“Nobody can say when this crisis will end. Most of the countries have already announced lockdown till the end of May and first week of June. Our experts and doctors believe that the restrictions should continue till the end of May,” she stated.

The graph of optimistic circumstances could go down after that, however it might once more present an upward development through the wet season in July and August, she stated.

Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha stated the federal government will subject an official notification, on the easing of curbs, on May 1.

© The Indian Express (P) Ltd

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