At least a dozen states have ordered weekend lockdowns, citing reviving economic activities at the same time and reducing the risk of the spread of corona virus disease (COVID-19). India, the third most affected country after Corona virus epidemic after the United States and Brazil, has reported 29 lakh cases of Kovid-19. Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh are in lockdown on weekends.
Punjab is witnessing a sharp rise in Kovid-19 cases, with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh ordering emergency measures on August 20, with daily night curfew in all 167 cities and towns from 7 pm to 5 am. Weekend lockdown expansion is included. Simultaneously, Singh has banned the capacity of vehicles in five districts – Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Patiala and Mohali. Not more than three passengers are allowed in each private four wheeler. Currently, these five districts account for 80 percent of the active cases in Punjab.
Following in the footsteps of the Haryana government, the Chandigarh administration on Friday announced that all shops and establishments, except the essential ones, would remain closed on Saturday and Sunday in view of the rising Kovid-19 cases.
Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir is the second district after Jammu to announce an indefinite weekend lockdown. Officials said that the ban would start at 5 pm all Friday and would last till 6 am on Monday. As per Assam’s latest guidelines of Kovid-19 lockdown, the government says that it will remain closed in Guwahati on Saturday and Sunday till August 31.
Uttar Pradesh will have a lockdown on weekends from Friday 10:00 am to Monday 5 am. These restrictions were announced on 10 July. The lockout in the contribution zone will continue until 31 August, with only essential services in such areas.
The Andaman and Nicobar administration has also announced a complete lockdown on the weekend to prevent the spread of Kovid-19. The Tamil Nadu state government on Thursday announced that the lockdown in Tamil Nadu has been extended till 31 August as part of efforts to stop the spread of Kovid-19. According to a release issued by the Tamil Nadu government, there will be a complete lockdown on all Sundays (August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 August).