Punjab to remain in Curfew for another three weeks
kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in/ Chandigarh
State Cabinet today took the final decision on extension of lockdown in Punjab till May,1,2020. Earlier Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday morning has indicated that his government was seriously thinking of extending the lockdown as the time did not appear to be right for lifting the restrictions.
However, earlier he made it clear that since the lockdown could not be indefinite, the government was also looking for ways to extricate the state from the restrictions and enable it to function with the Coronavirus around. A high-powered committee with several doctors, medical and other experts, was examining the situation and will soon submit its report on the lockdown exit strategy, said the Chief Minister.
Pointing out that most of the 27 positive cases reported on Thursday (the maximum daily increase for the state) were cases of secondary transmission, the Chief Minister described it as an indication of the state moving into the stage of community transmission. The situation could seriously worsen in the coming weeks, he added. “The predictions are horrendous, but we are doing our best,” he said, adding that while currently the numbers were low in Punjab compared with most other states, it cannot remain isolated as the pandemic spreads further.