More states extend curfew, lockdown

NEW DELHI, MAY 9 (IANS): | Publish Date: 5/9/2021 1:54:08 PM IST

 More states across the country have decided to enforce stringent measure and extend lockdowns in view of the surge in Covid-19 cases.

Tamil Nadu: People of Chennai have entered a buying spree as Tamil Nadu is set for a complete lockdown from May 10 to May 24. Most are filling their stocks with groceries, medicines, utensils, toiletries and other materials that they fear will run out of anytime.
While the M.K. Stalin government has allowed shops to function till 9 p.m. on Sunday, from Monday onwards, fish and meat stalls will be allowed to function everyday till noon with 50 per cent capacity.
Last April when the government announced a four day complete lockdown, only a nine hour window was there and hence there was panic buying in all shops.
People are also travelling out of Chennai to their hometowns, especially IT professionals as they have the option to work from home.
UP: The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to extend the lockdown till May 17 in the state to break the chain of coronavirus infections, the government said here on Sunday.
State Additional Chief Secretary, Information, Navneet Sehgal said it would be like a partial corona curfew. During this time all necessary services will continue as before.
In view of the fast spreading infections in the villages after the panchayat elections and the festival of Eid on May 14, the Yogi Adityanath government has extended the lockdown for a week, the official said.
In a review meeting with the chief minister, Team-9 decided to extend the lockdown till May 17 at 7 a.m. to break the chain of infections. All restrictions will remain in force as before. Essential services will continue to be exempted. Strict action will be taken against those who roam unnecessarily. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that the objective of the corona curfew will only be successful if the protocols are strictly implemented.
Karnataka: Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa hinted that the lockdown-like restrictions imposed across the state is likely to be extended beyond May 12.
“We are discussing this with officials... It has become inevitable to take stricter action,” Yediyurappa told reporters after visiting a temple in Bengaluru’s Gandhi Nagar on Friday morning.
“What kind of action should be take will be decided in today and tomorrow’s meetings,” he said.
The possibility of an extension comes even as several other states have announced lockdown and other restrictions to contain the surge of Covid- 19.
J&K: Corona curfew was extended on Sunday for the entire Jammu and Kashmir for seven more days up to May 17.
Authorities said the ongoing corona curfew which would end at 7 a.m. on Monday has been extended by another week till 7 a.m. next Monday.
“The extended lockdown shall remain effective in all the 20 districts of J&K,” officials said.
J&K has been reporting an alarming number of new Covid cases and deaths with each passing day.

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