Punjab extends lockdown by 2 weeks after May 3

TC Bureau Chandigarh: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh announced on Wednesday that the lockdown in the state has been extended by 2 more weeks. He added that the lockdown will be lifted from 7 am to 11 am every day during which the shops will be open and people can come of their houses to shop.

The total count of confirmed COVID-19 cases breached the 31,000-mark to stand at 31,332 including 22,629 active cases, 7,695 cured/discharged, 1 migrated and 1,007 deaths, according to latest update by the Union Health Ministry. The country registered 1,897 cases, 73 deaths in 24 hours, steepest rise in COVID-19 deaths in India in one day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is likely to address the nation at the end of this week is likely to extend the lockdown beyond May 3. However, during his meeting with the chief ministers of various states via video-conferencing, he asked them to prepare an exit plan depending on the on-ground situation in their respective states. Several states also recommended further extension of the countrywide lockdown. Karnataka has allowed the local shops to open in green zones, but not malls.


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