New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday announced to extend the curfew for two more weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state. "Though the curfew has been extended by two more weeks, there will be relaxation from 7 am to 11 am every day. During this time, people can come out of their houses. Shops will also be allowed to open," the Chief Minister said in a video address.

The Chief Minister said the situation will be reviewed after two weeks and further relaxations will be announced thereafter if the pandemic remains in control.

The Deputy Commissioner (DCs) have been directed to work out the rotational schedule for the shops that are allowed to be opened in line with the Chief Minister's directives.

All those stepping out during the relaxation period would have to wear masks and maintain a two metres distance from others, the Chief Minister said.

The relief has been provided only for the convenience of the people and should not be used for interactions with friends, he added.

The nationwide lockdown was imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 25 to combat COVID-19, which was to end on April 14 is now slated to end on May 3.

However, during a recent video conference with PM Modi, several state Chief Ministers have requested to extend the lockdown period.

The state of Punjab has so far reported 322 cases of COVID-19, which includes 19 fatalities. At the same time, at least 79 have been cured.

According to the latest data by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of coronavirus cases in the country stands at 31,332, of which 7,696 have recovered/discharged. At least 1,007 people have succumbed to the disease.

(with agency inputs)

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