Chandigarh/New Delhi, March 12
Two more Punjab districts — SAS Nagar and Fatehgarh Sahib — have imposed night curfew in view of the rising Covid cases. The curfew will be effective from the night of March 12 from 11 pm to 5 am till further orders.
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Night curfew has already been imposed in Jalandhar, Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Ludhiana and Patiala districts. The police and Army personnel on duty, government employees on duty, people providing essential services and those seeking medical emergency are exempted. The Covid-19 tally in Punjab rose to 1,93,345 with 1,309 fresh cases on Thursday, while 18 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 5,996 in the state. India, meanwhile, added over 1 lakh Covid cases in six days with 23,285 in the last 24 hours, the highest in 78 days. It was on December 24 last year when 24,712 daily infections were logged.
Some officials in Nirman Bhavan, the official complex of the Ministry of Health, also tested positive today. Active cases are slowly rising to 2 lakh and making up 1.74 per cent of total infections, while the recovery rate dropped to 96.86 per cent. Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu continued to report surges in daily cases.
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