Curbs to be back if cases head north: Chandigarh

Curbs to be back if cases head north: Chandigarh

Children without a mask at Government Primary School, Phase 3B-1, in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky

Dushyant Singh Pundir
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, February 23

Amid an upsurge in active cases of Covid-19, the UT Administration is considering reimposing restrictions in the city to contain further spread of the virus.

UT Adviser Manoj Parida said partial restrictions would be imposed if the number of coronavirus cases continued to rise in the city. “We are keeping a watch. Timely action will be taken if the situation starts deteriorating,” he said.

Active caseload up

Like several states, Chandigarh too has been witnessing a surge in the Covid-19 cases. From 131 cases in the week ending February 14, there has been an increase of 42 per cent as the UT logged 187 cases in the week ending February 21. From 123 active cases on February 13, the active caseload increased to 227 on Tuesday.

Following a spurt in Covid-19 cases in neighbouring Punjab, the state government today ordered a cap on indoor gatherings at 100 and outdoor at 200 persons from March 1. Parida said similar restrictions could be imposed in the city if the cases remained in an upward trajectory in the city.

The UT Adviser said as of now, a strict Covid-19 protocol needed to be followed such as wearing of mask, maintaining social distancing and handwashing, which could help prevent a surge in the Covid-19 cases. He said health officials had been asked to increase tests for early detection of positive cases.

Like several states, Chandigarh too has been witnessing a surge in the Covid-19 cases. From 131 cases in the week ending February 14, there has been an increase of 42 per cent as the UT logged 187 cases in the week ending February 21. From 123 active cases on February 13, the active caseload increased to 227 today. For encouraging vaccination, he said they were exploring options such as giving one-day leave to health or frontline worker who take the vaccine.

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