Kangra imposes daily night curfew, weekend lockdown amid spike in COVID cases

DHARAMSALA 20 April:   In the wake of rising COVID-19 positive cases, Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district today announced the imposition of daily night curfew, weekend lockdown to contain the spread of the pandemic in the region.

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Kangra, Rakesh Prajapati declared daily night curfew from 8 pm till 6 am and complete lockdown during weekends in the district until further notice during a press briefing on Tuesday.

COVID-19 cases are surging in India and Himachal Pradesh at large and Kangra, in particular, is no exception, the DC said and added that as such, some restrictions are necessary to contain the surge in COVID-19 cases in the district.

Kangra reported upwards of 500 cases yesterday and over 300 cases today.

So far Kangra has reported 277 deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic but April accounts for 51 of them.

The active cases in Himachal’s most populated district now stand at 2,247.

He further said that both the government and private offices shall remain closed during weekends and operate with a 50 per cent workforce during weekdays.

Additionally, the district administration has decided to declare all areas that will record 5 or more positive cases as micro containment zones where home isolation is mandatory, violation of which will lead to bookable offences.

The total COVID-19 positive cases in India crossed the 2million mark today as it added 259,170 more cases to take its total caseload sitting second behind the US as the country with most cases, PTI reported.

The tally now stands at 2,031,977 active cases, and 180,530 deaths.

Globally, since its outbreak from Wuhan in late 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has infected 142,252,661 people and killed 3,033,225 people globally according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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