The Punjab Government has extended Lockdown /Curfew till May 1. Taking the decision to prevent Covid19 spread and to maintain social distancing in state Punjab Govt on Friday, 10 April, extended the lockdown restrictions in the state till May 1. Earlier in the day Chief Minister of Punjab hinted on extending the lockdown as number of COVID19 positive cases started surging in state and across the country.
In the wake of novel coronavirus outbreak, PTI reported quoting Special chief secretary KBS Sidhu that Punjab Government has extended the Lockdown/ Curfew till May 1, 2020. Punjab after Odisha became the second state who has extended the lockdown at state level beyond 21 days nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Modi.
Taking decision after consulting all Ministers, Capt Amrinder Singh's Government on extended the Lockdown till 1st May. Punjab becomes second state who has extended Lockdown in state after Odisha. Earlier in the day, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had said the ongoing lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus should continue and extended.
Answering a question earlier in the day, the Punjab chief minister had admitted that there has been some community transmission of the virus in Punjab as there are 27 positive cases from among the Tablighi Jamat congregation attendees in Nizamuddin in Delhi. Later in press briefing led by Joint Secretary Luv Agarwal, MoHFW denied the report that there is no community transmission in the country so far.
To curb the Covid19 pandemic Punjab Government extended the lockdown. Although Prime Minister Modi has not yet official announced the extension but indications have come up that PM too likely to take decision on the same after meeting with all Chief Ministers on April 11, Saturday.
After Odisha, Punjab on Friday beame second state who has extended the state level Lockdown beyond 14 April. Odisha on other hand has extended state level Lockdown till April 30 and Educational Institutions in Odisha to remain shut till June 17, said in report.