MAR 18, 2021, 13:57 IST
Chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh says more restrictions over next two days, terms situation dangerous in state.
Amid the surge in Covid-19 cases in Punjab, chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh announced that from Thursday night, curfew will begin at 9pm instead of 11pm in the eight districts where it has been imposed.
Addressing media persons and the district administration officials through video-conferencing, Capt. Amarinder Singh said: “More restrictions will be imposed over the next two days in consultation with experts. The Covid-19 situation is dangerous in the state. I am going to be tough.”
From Thursday, eight of the state’s 22 districts will be under night curfew from 9pm to 5am. They are Ludhiana, Patiala, Mohali, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur.
Punjab has highest Covid case fatality rate
With more than 200 deaths over the past week, the focus is back on the case fatality rate (CFR) or death rate of Punjab, which is the highest in the country, as 20-25% of the country’s total virus-related deaths are coming from the state.