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In view of rising Covid-19 cases, Chandigarh Administration orders closure of Rock Garden and Bird Park


In the wake of steep rise in Covid-19 cases, the Chandigarh Administration has decided to close down Rock Garden and Bird Park till further orders.

The UT Administration had yesterday decided to close all activities, including boating, at Sukhna Lake from Monday to Saturday.

The administration, however, had given a few hours relaxation for morning and evening walkers for six days. The lake will remain completely shut every Sunday.

Amritsar: Curfew returns as cases surge!

Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate Gurpreet Singh Khaira, under Section 144, has imposed night curfew in the municipal limits from 10 pm to 5 am on non-essential traffic from Tuesday night.

Assembly of not more than 50 per cent would be allowed. Only those who have received both doses of the vaccine would be allowed to visit public places. Every person should possess a hard or soft copy of the second dose certificate. Similarly, any service from government or private institutions will be given to those, who would be wearing masks. All other departments will also ensure strict compliance of Covid protocol. — Gurpreet Singh Khaira, DC

The decision was taken in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases during a meeting of the administration and police officials here on Tuesday.

Alarm bells ringing: dist reports 33 new cases

Amritsar: Positive cases continue to rise in the district with 33 fresh cases reported on Tuesday, taking the district tally to 47,552. The health authorities also reported the recovery of one patient, with which the total recovery count increased to 45,860. The district, at present, has a total of 93 active cases. No casualty attributed to Covid-19 was reported and the toll remains at 1,599. TNS

16 cases reported in Tarn Taran: As many as 16 persons tested positive for Covid-19 in the district on Tuesday. After a gap of about one-and-a-half months, the district is seeing exponential increase in the number of positive cases. On January 1, the district reported three positive cases, while on January 2 five and on January 3 three cases came to light. The Health Department in a press release informed that 3,217 jabs against the pandemic were given to the citizens and total 9,14,949 jabs have been given to the eligible persons. OC

In view of the growing menace of Covid-19, it has became absolute necessary to impose restrictions in the district, he said, adding that necessary activities such as transportation of goods, government functions and others will be allowed. However, people will also be allowed to disembark by plane, train and bus during this time.

The order issued by the Department of Home Affairs and Justice says the movement of individuals for all non-essential activities is prohibited between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. within the municipal limits of all the cities and towns of Punjab. District authorities have been asked to issue prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr.PC and ensure strict compliance, the order said.

As per the orders, people will be allowed to have a morning walk from 5 am to 9 am and evening walk between 6 pm and 8 pm.

A UT official said visitors would be allowed during the hours of relaxation only if they followed the Covid protocol.

Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit gave his New Year greetings to all the administrative officers.

He shared that this war room will work in full effectiveness from now on. He has asked the officials to ensure proper oxygen supply and availability of beds in the hospitals, intensify testing and enhance vaccinations to combat the situation.

Professor GD Puri, PGIMER, informed that they have 250 Covid beds, of which 48 have been activated.

Dr Suman Singh, DHS Chandigarh shared that 606 isolation beds for asymptomatic and mild cases are available at GMSH-16 and 50 have been made functional.

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