The decision on the extension of the Covid-19 curfew depends on the situation: Amarinder Singh

CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister of the Punjab Amarinder Singh On Friday he said that any decision to extend the curfew across the state beyond would depend on the prevailing situation that he was personally monitoring on a day-to-day basis.

Any decision on lifting or extending the curfew or lockdown in the state will be taken in the light of the situation that exists at the time, said Amarinder Singh.

It would completely depend on how things are then, he said, adding that it was not possible to compromise in any way at this time, when the situation dynamically evolves.

Two members of the, who were at the Nizamuddin Markaz congregation in Delhi in March, tested positive for coronavirus disease in Punjab, bringing the total number of cases to 49 on Friday.

If things improve, then there would be no need for such strict restrictions, said the Chief Minister. However, if the situation worsens, there would be no other option with the government than to continue controls, whether through curfew or blockade or any other necessary means, he added.

The Chief Minister, at the same time, assured the Punjab people that his government would continue to take more and more measures to minimize the difficulties they suffered as a result of the curfew.

Many essential services that were initially blocked have already been restored, he noted, citing examples of banking, mail and messaging, harvesting, etc.

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The need for doctors, health personnel and regular patients to take curfew passes had also been eliminated.

Going forward, a lot more steps would be taken to further ease the lives of the citizens, irrespective of whether or not the curfew continues, said Amarinder Singh.

Punjab was the first state in the country to impose a curfew in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, allowing the state government to keep the spread of the coronavirus under control.

However, the Prime Minister made it clear that the state government would not be pleased, saying that he had already ordered the Health Department to prepare, on a war footing, for any eventuality, including the community spread of the pandemic.