Impose curfew if people don’t stay indoors: Centre tells state govts

Punjab, Maharashtra and Puducherry have already imposed curfew in their areas to enforce the nationwide lockdown

A view of the Kamaraj Flyover in Chennai on the day of the Janata Curfew on March 22. Photo: The Federal

Concerned over the movement of public in several cities despite the announcement of a countrywide lockdown in view of the coronavirus outbreak, the Centre has advised state governments and union territory administrations to impose curfew wherever necessary in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said on Tuesday (March 24).

A top functionary of the central government has called up some of the chief ministers and apprised them of the necessity of imposing the curfew if people continue to venture out of their homes. The state governments and the union territory administrations have been advised to impose curfew wherever necessary as many people continue to go out of their homes despite the lockdown ordered to check the spread of the virus, a government official told PTI.

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The Centre has told state governments that public gatherings could lead to escalation of the prevailing situation as so far nearly 500 positive cases have been reported from different parts of the country.

“Now, it is up to the state governments to take action as per the local situation and give necessary instructions to the district magistrates who have the powers to impose curfew,” the official said.

The move came as 32 states and union territories announced a complete lockdown to deal with the pandemic. A few states – Punjab and Maharashtra – and Puducherry, an Union Territory – have already declared curfew in their respective areas.

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