On Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh talked in favour of extending the 21-day nationwide lockdown by asserting that community transmission had appeared to have started in the state.
“We have to seriously consider extending the lockdown and curfew in view of the increased number of positive cases,” the chief minister said on Friday.
Punjab, which was one of the first states to have self-imposed lockdown in order to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus, has so far reported 132 COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths.
The state is still deliberating on the extension of the lockdown.
Even as the 21-day lockdown ordered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is nearing its end, COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming speed. As of Friday morning, India has reported 6,412 cases of coronavirus with 199 deaths. According to the Union home ministry, there are 5709 active cases and 503 people have been cured, discharged or migrated. Out of the total cases, 71 people are foreign nationals.
Maharashtra continues to be the most affected with the highest number of cases. The state has seen 1364 coronavirus cases, out of which 125 patients have recovered.
“We are monitoring how the number of cases is increasing in districts. We are also looking at the advisories of the Centre. Based on that, we can decide to relax the lockdown in areas where there are no cases,” State health minister Rajesh Tope said on Friday.