Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced a 4-week extension in the lockdown in the state, till June 30, with certain more relaxations, subject to the guidelines of the central government.
While the experts have advised against the opening of the hospitality industry and malls, the Chief Minister said that the state would take into account the central government guidelines for Lockdown 5.0.
The Chief Minister also announced that his decision after an on-ground assessment of the coronavirus situation through a Video Conference with health experts. The move comes in line with the central government’s decision to extend the national lockdown beyond May 31.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced a 4-week extension in the lockdown in Punjab, till June 30, with certain more relaxations, subject to the guidelines of the central government: Punjab Govt pic.twitter.com/3eJhAaYJ2x
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Captain Amarinder Singh said that the threat of coronavirus was not over yet, and if necessary, he would continue to take tough measures to save the lives of Punjabis. Meanwhile, he lauded the people for adhering to the norms to help the state government in controlling the pandemic spread to a great extent.
The Chief Minister made it clear that the extension of the lockdown in Punjab would be conditional to strict adherence to coronavirus safety protocols, including physical distancing and the wearing of masks. He also ordered the distribution of free masks to the poor.
The Chief Minister has sought an update during the meeting on the state government’s plans for the launch of home surveillance and COVID-19 Foot Soldiers deployment to track and trace infections.