Punjab government has announced to impose night curfew in Patiala District from tomorrow in view of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases. The night curfew will remain in place in the district from 11 pm to 5 am.

However, essential services, government offices, and medical emergency services are exempted and will remain open.

Night curfew has already been imposed in four other districts in the state -Jalandhar, SBS Nagar, Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala from Saturday to tackle a recent surge in coronavirus cases.

Punjab on Wednesday reported 1,422 fresh coronavirus cases, pushing the infection tally to 1,92,040.

Seventeen more fatalities took the death toll from the disease to 5,978 in the state, according to a medical bulletin. The number of active cases also increased from 8,522 on Tuesday to 9,402 on Wednesday.

A total of 496 coronavirus patients were discharged after recovering from the infection, taking the number of cured persons to 1,76,660, according to the bulletin.

There are 20 critical patients who are on ventilator support, while 176 are on oxygen support, the bulletin said. A total of 52,63,900 samples have been collected for testing so far in the state, it said.

Meanwhile, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore expressed deep concern over the rising number of coronavirus cases and directed strict observance of COVID-19-appropriate behaviour.

He directed the deputy commissioners and police officials to intensify checking and impose fine on the people violating COVID-19 guidelines, according to an official statement.

Imposing curbs on gathering, the administration decided the maximum number for indoor gathering will be 100 or 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue, whichever is lower. For outdoor gatherings, the number was kept to 200, it said.

The administrator directed that a special drive should be conducted by police to ensure that social distancing is properly maintained at restaurants, shops and markets.It was also decided to keep primary schools closed until the situation improves

(With inputs from agencies)

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