Night curfew if cases mount: Chandigarh Administration

Administrator expresses concern over laxity among people

Night curfew if cases mount: Chandigarh Administration

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26

To prevent further transmission of the virus, the UT Administration will not hesitate in imposing nigh curfew and other restrictions if Covid-19 cases continue to mount in the city.

Expressing serious concern over the laxity seen among people regarding the observance of the Covid protocol during a review meeting on the Covid-19 pandemic, UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore said the option of night curfew, closure of markets, sealing of borders and restrictions in the number of people in different events would be considered in case the number of corona patients continued to rise. He regretted that people had thrown all caution to the wind, as if corona had totally disappeared. He appealed to the residents to cooperate with the Administration and strictly follow Covid appropriate behaviour such as wearing of masks, social distancing, washing hands and using a sanitiser.

The Administrator said though he had directed normal OPD functioning in all medical institutions, keeping in view the increase in the number of corona cases, the directors concerned must take their in-house decision regarding the number of patients and other precautions to be taken on the premises. Dr Jagat Ram, Director, PGI, said the present strain seemed to be more severe as corona cases were surging in the region. Dr Mini of the PGI said 130 samples had been sent to Virology Institute in Pune and the report had not yet been received to ascertain whether it was a different strain. Dr Amandeep Kang, Director, Health Services, said five mobile teams had been positioned in different places to provide Covid-testing facilities to the residents. The Administrator directed that the mobile teams for testing should be sent to crowded places such as Apni Mandis, bus stands, railway station, Sukhna Lake and the Rose Festival venue, where people gathered in large numbers.

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