Puducherry: The Puducherry government on Monday ordered a shutdown of all categories of liquor shops with immediate effect to midnight of April 30 in view of the coronavirus surge in the union territory.Also Read - Puducherry: Iconic Pier At Rock Beach Collapses Due To High Waves

“All categories of liquor shops to remain closed with immediate effect up to midnight of 30th April,” said the Puducherry government in a statement. Also Read - Kerala Named 'The Most Welcoming Region,' Followed by Goa And Puducherry: Survey

Puducherry had already banned all liquor sale, including arrack, toddy and Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) in bars and toddy shops from 2 PM onwards from April 26 to April 30. Also Read - 7 Dead After Consuming Spurious Liquor in Bihar's Nalanda District, Police Launch 'Combing Operation'

Hospitals in the Union Territory of Puducherry are fully equipped to treat pandemic stricken patients and the government was bearing the expenditure for their treatment in private hospitals, Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan said earlier in the day.

Puducherry added 747 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths in the last 24 hours.