Punjab has announced a night curfew – from 6 pm to 5 am during week days – to combat the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state. There will also be a weekend lockdown – from 6 pm Friday to 5 am Monday – and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has urged all residents to “stay at home and step out only if absolutely necessary”.
Like several others the state has reported a frightening increase in new Covid cases over the past two months. On February 26 there were fewer than 600 new cases in 24 hours and, on Monday morning, the state reported nearly 7,000 new cases – the biggest ever single-day spike.
Earlier today the Chief Minister warned the people of the state that although he is reluctant to order a full lockdown, the pandemic situation in Punjab is expected to get worse.