New Delhi: After news reports on violation of lockdown norms were reported across the country, the Union Home Ministry on Thursday wrote a letter to all states and Union Territories asking them to adhere to the lockdown measures strictly. Also Read - India Records Over 6,000 COVID-19 Cases For 4th Consecutive Day, Total Tally Reaches 1,38, 845; Death Toll Crosses 4,000-mark

Writing the letter to states and UTs, the Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said the state governments must take all necessary steps to enforce the guidelines. Also Read - 'Finished Taking Hydroxychloroquine, Still Here,' Says Donald Trump Week After Revealing His COVID-19 Therapy

“There are reports of lockdown violations at various places, states and UTs should strictly implement guidelines,” the MHA said in the letter, adding, “States should ensure night curfew or prohibition of all non-essential activities between 7 PM and 7 AM.” Also Read - Global COVID-19 Cases Surpass 5.4 Million, Death Toll Climbs to 3,45,000; US Remains Worst-hit

“Proper delineation of containment zones, effective implementation of containment measures key to preventing the spread of COVID-19,” the Home Ministry wrote in the letter.

Issuing a statement, the MHA on Wednesday had said that the centre is monitoring the implementation of the lockdown 4.0 in coordination with state governments to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.

Addressing a press conference, the MHA Joint Secretary said only essential services will be permitted in containment zones, state and Union Territory governments have issued directives according to the prevailing situation.

She said state governments are marking areas as Red, Green, Orange, Buffer and Containment zones in accordance with the Health Ministry guidelines. She also added that the MHA has already issued directives about permitted activities in the respective states.