The state government of Punjab has extended the ongoing lockdown for 21 days more starting Friday till May 1. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Council of Ministers, chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
Phased relaxation will only be for farmers for harvesting from April 15. For all others, Punjab curfew and lockdown will be strictly enforced till May 1.
Punjab Chief Minister informed about the decision in a tweet and appealed people to strictly observe health safeguards.
Punjab has reported total of 132 confirmed coronavirus cases with 11 deaths and 5 people being cured.
After Odisha, Punjab has become the second state to officially extend the lockdown.
Odisha on Thursday became the first state to extend lockdown till April 30 to effectively contain the spread of coronavirus. Schools and other educational institutions will remain closed till June 17, chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced after a video conference with his ministers.