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Coronavirus Scare: Rajasthan, Punjab governments order complete down till March 31, only essential services to remain open

The total positive cases for Covid-19 has risen to 324 in the country, out of which 296 are active cases.

On Saturday night, the Rajasthan Government announced a complete lockdown of the State until March 31 in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

During the lockdown, only essential services and medical facilities will remain open to the public. Government and private offices will cease to continue their operations. Malls, shops, factories and public transport across the State will also remain closed during the said period. The borders of Rajasthan with other States shall be sealed.

“No worker will be laid off from any factory during the lockdown. Labourers will be entitled to leaves with wages. The State government is with the people in this hour of crisis. Every possible step will be taken to protect the people and defeat the coronavirus ”, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was quoted as saying.

The Punjab Government headed by Captain Amarinder Singh has also imposed a lockdown in the state till 31st March to check the spread of Covid-19. During the lockdown period, all essential public services will continue, and shops selling essential items such as food, medicines, will remain open.

Shops, Commercial establishments selling non-essential items will remain closed while factories involved in the manufacture of essential items will remain operational.

Yesterday CM Captain Amarinder Singh had announced an immediate relief of Rs 3,000 each for all the registered construction workers in the state. The money would be transferred to the bank accounts of the workers by Monday.

Earlier, the Odisha Government had ordered a complete lockdown of five districts and seven towns from the 22nd of March to the 29th in the wake of the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic. The lockdown began at 7 a.m. on Sunday and continue till 9 p.m. the Sunday after. Only essential items and services will remain open during this period.

Hospitals, clinics, medical shops, grocery shops, restaurants (only takeaways and home delivery), vegetables, meat and milk shops/bread and bakery, Railways, Bus Stand, Airports and public transport will remain open. Administration, Police, Health, Fire, ODRAF, Electricity, Water, Municipal Services, Banks, ATMs and Petrol Pumps will remain open along with the private establishments that support these services or are linked to the fight against the Wuhan Coronavirus.

The total positive cases for Covid-19 has risen to 324 in the country, out of which 296 are active cases. 6 persons have died from the disease so far in the country, with two added on Sunday, one in Maharashtra and another in Bihar.

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