CHANDIGARH: After announcing state lockdown on Sunday, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh imposed full curfew with no relaxation so as to control the spread of coronavirus.
The decision came after reviewing the situation that the people were not properly adhering to the lockdown orders. There will be no exemptions even in daily needs and medical stores. After discussions with the chief secretary and state police chief, the CM reached the decision of imposing a strict curfew from 2 pm, said an official spokesperson.
The orders will be issued accordingly by the deputy commissioners of all districts. The spokesperson added that any person seeking for relaxation will be allowed specifically for the mentioned purpose and given time period.
To all those wondering the difference between a curfew and a lockdown, a curfew is a strict mandate that requires the citizens to remain indoors failing to which might result in fine or arrest whereas lockdown is a quarantine measure implemented to restrict the majority of movements. While lockdown is checked by police departments and state departments, a curfew is managed by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
The step taken by the Punjab government is because of the rising cases of the novel COVID-19 and people's casual attitude towards the same having no regard to lockdown orders. As it becomes the first state of India to impose a curfew, it is being said that the other states might follow the same and that would invite more troubles for citizens.
Punjab reported 21 positive cases for the infection with one death so far.