In Chandigarh, now action against shopkeepers attending to shoppers without masks

City reports highest-ever single-day spike with 481 cases

In Chandigarh, now action against shopkeepers attending to shoppers without masks

Local residents not wearing their mask properly at Shastri market in Sector 22, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Tribune Web Desk

Chandigarh, April 16

Chandigarh reported highest-ever single-day spike of the Covid-19 pandemic with 481 cases on Friday, taking the infection count to 32,397.

There 3423 active infections in the city.

With the sudden spike, the Chandigarh administration announced weekend lockdown that will start from every Friday night.

The administration has directed all the three government medical institutes here to ramp-up their facilities for coronavirus patients.

The UT administrator said all shops must get their staff tested and display signboards stating that their premises are coronavirus-free.

Action will be taken against shoppers going to the markets without masks and also against shopkeepers attending them.

Mobile teams would be sent to temples, gurdwaras, mosques and other crowded places during festivals so that visitors can be screened and symptomatic cases tested.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by UT Administrator V.P. Singh Badnore.

The lockdown will be from 10 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday.

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