DHARAMSALA, 20 May: Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district has decided to continue with the daily relaxation in curfew from 7 am to 2 pm for two more months according to the latest curfew order issued by the Office of the District Magistrate, Kangra.
Owing to the “real and imminent threat of large scale of the outbreak of dangerous COVID-19 outbreak in District Kangra unless stringent measures are taken for the containment of rising number of COVID-19 positive cases and that there is sufficient ground for proceeding under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 in the present case for averting danger to human life, health and safety caused by the spread of COVID-19,” the general curfew relaxation hours shall continue to remain from “7 AM to 2 PM daily, read the curfew order issued by Rakesh Kumar Prajapati, IAS District Magistrate.
The order further stated that “ no person shall move on foot or by any vehicle outside his house/ place of residence except for justifiable reason in connection with permitted activities.”
It prohibits vehicles from parking “within the market area,” mandates everyone to wear a masks/ face cover at all times” while stepping out of the home.
The order shall remain valid for a period of two months until rescinded earlier and that volition will invite Section 269, 270 and 188 of the Indian Penal code, 1860.
India is presently under the fourth phase of its nation-wide coronavirus lockdown from 18-31 May to tackle and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Central government has left it to the state governments to decide whether they wish to allow the easing of restrictions or continue with the previous rules as it announced the extension of the lockdown on Sunday.
The COVID-19 positive cases in the state had increased after the return of stranded people from other states.
So far, 2928 samples were tested for coronavirus from Kangra, out of which 2884 have tested negative while 35 of them have tested positive.
The actives cases in Himachal’s most populated district stands at 26, with 8 recovery and one death due to the pandemic that originated from Wuhan, China.