Chandigarh: In view of the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases, the Chandigarh administration on Wednesday announced ‘Corona curfew’ from 6pm on April 29 -till 5 am every day until further orders. The decision was taken after a meeting was held to review the COVID situation, during which, PGI hospital Director Jagat Ram informed that their ICU beds are full.Also Read - As Cases Rise in Maharashtra, Health Minister Tope Makes This Statement Over Covid Fourth Wave Probability

During the night curfew, all shops, malls, multiplexes etc. will close by 5 pm every day and all non-essential activities prohibited during the night curfew. Chandigarh Administrator V.P. Singh Badnore further added that weekend curfew will also be imposed from 5 am on Saturday to 5 am on Monday. Only essential activities will be allowed during weekend curfew. Also Read - Curfew Imposed in Entire Sri Lanka With Immediate Effect: Police Spokesperson

An official statement said, “All non-essential activities will be banned during the night curfew. This will come into effect on April 29 and will be in force till further orders. All educational institutions, school, colleges, coaching institutions, libraries etc. will remain closed till May 15.” Also Read - Covid Update! Amid Soaring Cases and 4th Wave Fears, ICMR Makes This Big Statement

Meanwhile, PGI hospital Director Jagat Ram said that they have 297 Covid cases in the Nehru Extension Block, out of which 87 belong to Chandigarh, 95 to Punjab, 44 to Haryana, 30 to Himachal Pradesh, 14 to Uttar Pradesh, five to New Delhi, three to Bihar and 19 from other states.

The Director said they have adequate oxygen supply with them and that the Centre has promised to provide 150 oxygen concentrators to the PGI.  He said they have tested 5,394 samples, out of which 1,380 were found positive. The positivity rate was 25.5 per cent. Chandigarh currently has 5,980 active cases, while its nearby cities Panchkula and Mohali have 2,667 and 8,235 active cases, respectively.