DHARAMSALA, 15 Dec: In the wake of the rising cases of COVID-19 cases, the Himachal Pradesh government has announced the extension of night curfew till 5 Jan. in its four districts with the maximum number of COVID-19 positive cases.
The decision to extend the night curfew from 9 pm to 6 am in Himachal’s Shimla, Mandi, Kangra and Kullu districts were taken at a state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday in the state capital.
After reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the state, Himachal has also decided that the restriction of only 50 persons at social, cultural and religious functions would continue till January 5 as well.
The state government initially imposed night curfew from November 23 to December 15 after cases started increasing in the four Covid-hit districts.
The Union health ministry of India earlier today listed Himachal along with Uttarakhand and Nagaland among the states which are still battling the rises in Covid-19 cases, The Hindustan Times reported.
“We request the government and citizens of Uttarakhand, Nagaland and Himachal Pradesh that every effort be made to bring the situation under control,” Dr VK Paul, NITI Aayog’s health member was quoted as saying in the report.
The Kangra district authorities declared parts of Mcleod Ganj containment zone on 9 Dec. after 11 positive cases were reported from the area from the main square to the Dolma chowk that falls under ward no 3 of the Dharamsala Municipal Corporation.
Today, Kangra reported 63 positive cases and 3 deaths.