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Puducherry extends lockdown till April 30

The chief minister said that there is no ban on farmers  doing agriculture or in transportation of agricultural materials and implements.

Published: 13th April 2020 09:15 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th April 2020 09:15 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

PUDUCHERRY: The lock down imposed to contain the spread of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID 19) in the union territory of Puducherry has been extended till April 30.

Announcing this at a press conference on Monday,  Chief minister V Narayanasamy  said  the adjoining Tamilnadu has extended the lock-down and as such Puducherry  cannot  be isolated and hence  the lock down is being extended till  April 30.

The Prime Minister is expected to announce the  conditions  and accordingly a decision on the functioning of industrial units and others  would be taken and announced , he said. As at present, the restrictions on  shops will continue which  will remain open from 6 AM to 1 PM. To prevent people from Tamilnadu  to sneak in to Puducherry,  more restrictions needs to be adopted , he said. Even if revenue is affected , the lives of people needs to be protected, he said.

The chief minister said that there is no ban on farmers  doing agriculture or in transportation of agricultural materials and implements . The  fishermen have been permitted to venture into the sea, but they should maintain  social distancing, he added.

Stating that Indira Gandhi Government Medical college  and research Institute (IGMCRI ) is the only COVID hospital here, the chief minister said that  all other hospitals both government and private have been directed to start functioning and attending  to  other patients. Stringent action would be initiated against any private hospital which failed to open and treat patients and cautioned them of withdrawing licence to operate .

The chief minister said of the six positive COVID-19 cases in the union territory , four are improving at the IGMCRI . No cases are there in all the other  three regions of the UT, he said adding that a random test was conducted on 250 persons  among the general population two days back and  220 Tested negative  and  the result of 30 are expected soon, he said.

He said more cases are being reported in Villupuram  and  Cuddalore districts of adjoining Tamilnadu and hence more  precautions  are needed to prevent the spread here. People in the confinement zones  are following the rules and a complaint that essential commodities are not reaching  them was rectified.

Stating that extension of the lock down is a harsh decision ,the chief minister said that it is the duty of the government to protect their lives even if revenue was affected and appealed to people to cooperate with the government.

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