New Delhi: The Punjab government on Thursday tightened the lockdown guidelines on weekends and public holidays to limit the spread of the deadly coronavirus infection, permitting travel only to those in essential services and e-pass holders. Also Read - Over 19,000 Fresh Cases Recorded in Last 24 Hours, Total Tally Crosses 6 Lakh-Mark | Top Developments

As a result, all other citizens barring medical staff and essential service providers will be required to download an e-pass from the state government’s COVA app. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown Extension: Small Temples Reopen, Please Don't Sprinkle Holy Water on Devotees, Says Government

The latest order comes after several reports came up of people flouting safety guidelines while under home quarantine at a time when the deadly pandemic is still on the rise. Also Read - No one Helped us Cremate Body: Man Dies of COVID-19 on Monday, Family Keeps Body in Freezer For 48 Hours

“On average, 500-800 vehicles are coming to Punjab from the national capital every day. A decision on stricter curbs on those coming from Delhi will be taken after a review by the experts,” a statement from Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s office.

Notably, Punjab has reported at least 82 new cases and 3 more deaths due to COVID-19 infection, taking the state’s total tally to 2,887. Meanwhile, the death toll in the state stands at 59.