After Odisha, Punjab Extends Coronavirus Lockdown
People maintain social distance as they read holy scriptures sitting outside their homes during lockdown amid coronavirus outbreak, in Amritsar, on April 2, 2020. (Source: PTI)

After Odisha, Punjab Extends Coronavirus Lockdown


The Punjab government on Friday extended the coronavirus lockdown, becoming the second state after Odisha to do so.

“Given the seriousness of the situation arising out of Covid-19, the Cabinet has decided to extend the lockdown and curfew till May 1,” tweeted Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Punjab has seen a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the past few days, pushing the total count to 132 so far with 11 deaths.

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Earlier in the day, during a video conference with the media, hosted by the All India Congress Committee, Singh had indicated that his government was seriously thinking of extending the lockdown.

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, the Chief Minister said.

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