Puducherry: Amid the rapidly increasing number COVID-19 cases on daily basis, Puducherry government announced a complete lockdown on Saturday to strict further spread of the coronavirus in the Union Territory.
The restriction will come into action from May 10 midnight and will remain in force for the next 14 days.
“The government of Puducherry had issued restriction orders to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus but the cases have not stabilized, but have risen since then. The last such lockdown order dated April 27, 2021 was effective up to May 3, 2021. As the curve is still not flattened, it is necessary to continue the restrictions beyond May 10, 2021 midnight to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission,” reads the notification issued by the UT administration.
During this time, all beaches, parks and gardens will remain closed for public use. Meanwhile, gathering and congregation in any form has also been strictly prohibited.
Furthermore, social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural or festival related and other gatherings in both closed and open spaces has been prohibited, the notification further read. The Puducherry government also informed that essential services will remain open with terms and conditions during this time.
“Provision stores, vegetable shops, shops dealing with food, groceries, meat, fish animal fodder shall be permitted to function till 12 noon without air-conditioning facility,” it added.
Keeping the number above the dangerous 4-lakh mark for the third consecutive day in a row, India reported more than 4,01,000 new infections in the last 24 hours. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare the country recorded 4,01,078 new COVID-19cases on Saturday morning. A slight decrease of nearly 13,000 cases was seen from a previous day high of 4,14,188 infections on May 7.
These new jump in cases has pushed the country’s total tally to 2,18,92,676 in the country as on May 8.
As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, more than 4,100 deaths were reported in India. As per the ministry, as many as 4,187 mortalities were reported, an increase from previous day in the last 24 hours. This is also the highest number of deaths reported in India due to COVID-19. On Friday, 3,915 deaths reported. With more than 4,100 deaths the total death tally in the country rose to 2,38,270 lives lost to date.