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States gear up with night curfews, lockdowns to combat Covid-19

DELHI: The sudden spike in Covid-19 cases has become a cause of real concern for the government. An overall surge apart, some states have em...

DELHI: The sudden spike in Covid-19 cases has become a cause of real concern for the government. An overall surge apart, some states have emerged as major hotspots of Covid-19 cases. The health ministry has said that Chhattisgarh despite being a small state, has reported 6% of the total Covid cases and 3% of the total deaths in the country. State governments are now gearing up to deal with the grave situation. Maharashtra has announced a ‘mini-lockdown’, while Delhi has also announced a night curfew from 10pm to 5am till April 30. Night curfews and partial lockdowns have been introduced in several other places recently.



The Karnataka government on Wednesday imposed Section 144 of CrPC in the city limits. The state government also prohibited the operation of amenities such as swimming pool, gymnasium, party halls in apartment/residential complexes in the limits of Bengaluru city.


The Delhi government on Monday announced a night curfew with immediate effect from 10 pm to 5 am till April 30. On Monday, the data provided by the government showed that Delhi recorded 3,548 cases in 24 hours. There were 15 coronavirus related deaths during the same 24 hours. Private doctors, nurses and paramedical staff are exempt from the night curfew but they will have to show IDs. Passengers going to airports, railway stations and bus stations will also be exempt but have to produce a valid ticket. Pregnant women and patients are also exempt. Buses, metro, autos, taxis and other modes of public transport will be allowed to ferry only those people who are exempt from night curfew. All departments providing essential services are exempted. 


Maharashtra has been reporting highest number of cases and has been a major cause of worry in the second wave. The Maharashtra government late last week took a slew of measures to check the spread. These measures include complete shutdowns on weekends, closing of restaurants, theatres, multiplexes, closure of public parks and beaches from 8pm to 7am. Employees of private offices have been asked to Work from Home. Government offices will work at 50 per cent capacity. 



The Jodhpur district administration has imposed a night curfew from 8 am to 6 am till April 30.


The Chandigarh administration on Tuesday decided to impose a night curfew from 10 pm and 5 am, during which time only essential services will be allowed to function. The city is witnessing a surge in the number of infections. No gatherings will be allowed during the curfew hours, and all restaurants have to shut down by 10 pm.



In Himachal Pradesh, the state government has oestricted the gathering of people to 50 at indoor marriages and a maximum of 200 at outdoor events, besides a maximum attendance of 50 persons during funerals.


The Punjab government had earlier ordered to extend the existing Covid-19-related curbs till April 10 to check spread of the virus. Now it has extended the night curfew from 9 to 11 such districts. These include Ludhiana and Patiala. The curfew will be in place from 9 pm to 5am.


In Gujarat, the government announced night curfew in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot between 9 pm and 6 am till April 15.


In Odisha, night curfew has been extended in 10 districts from 10 pm to 5 am in Sundergarh, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Balangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Malkangiri, Koraput and Nabarangpur.


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