With the Covid-19 cases hitting a high almost everyday, the UT Administration on Monday ordered to shut all the shops selling non-essential items for a week in Chandigarh from 5 pm on Tuesday.
Officials said that the night curfew will continue from 6 pm to 5 am every day and total weekend curfew on Saturday and Sunday will continue. Crowded places like Sukhna Lake, Museums, Libraries, Rock Garden will remain closed. While there will be no restriction on inter-state movement, those entering Chandigarh without negative Covid-19 reports or vaccine certificates will be subject to random testing.
These decisions were taken by UT Administrator, VP Singh Badnore after reviewing the covid situation in a Special War Room meeting here. The meeting was attended by Manoj Parida, Adviser to the Administrator, Arun Kumar Gupta, Principal Secretary Home and Sanjay Beniwal, DGP, KK Yadav, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Mandip Singh Brar, Deputy Commissioner.
In the meeting, there was a detailed discussion regarding restrictive steps taken by the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana including lockdown measures to prevent spread of infection. Chandigarh being the common capital of Punjab and Haryana, it was also felt that a total lockdown for a long period will adversely affect the economy and may also lead to migration of labourers from the city, thereby causing massive disruption.
Badnore asked the health authorities that beds’ capacity in medical institutions should be enhanced to accommodate the increasing number of covid patients. A Special Task Force should be constituted under Principal Secretary Health to ensure proper auditing of the fatalities taking place in Sector 16, 32 and 48 hospitals. This will help the Administration to improve and take corrective measures in indoor medical treatment.
BIGGEST SINGLE DAY SPIKE WITH 890 CASES IN CHANDIGARH, 11 DEATHS
Showing no respite, the pandemic continued to surge in Chandigarh on Monday, with 890 people testing positive, up from the previous all-time high of 860 recorded just a day back. Eleven more patients succumbed to the virus in the city taking the death toll to 507. The total caseload was recorded at 45,196 while the active cases were 7943 till the evening, stated Chandigarh’s health bulletin. In the last 24 hours, six women and five men died due to Covid-19. As per the health bulletin, 466 male and 424 female residents were tested positive in the last 24 hours. A maximum of 79 cases were reported in Manimajra followed by 29 cases each in Sector 40 and Sector 37.
So far. 4.16 lakh samples have been tested in the city in which 3911 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.