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Covid-19: Centre advises states, UTs to impose curfew to keep people inside

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

BS Web Team & Agencies  |  New Delhi 

As people continue to venture out despite lockdown, the has advised state governments and union territory administrations to impose wherever necessary in the wake of the outbreak, officials said on Tuesday.

A top functionary of the central government has called up some of the chief ministers and apprised them of the necessity of imposing the if people continue to venture out of their homes.

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The state governments and the union territory administrations have been advised to impose 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.

The state governments have been conveyed 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.


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"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 and union territories announced complete lockdown to deal with the pandemic. A few - Punjab and Maharashtra - and a UT - Puducherry - have already declared curfew in their respective areas.

First Published: Tue, March 24 2020. 13:49 IST
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