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Punjab orders night curfew from December 1

Chandigarh: Amid apprehensions of a second wave of coronavirus infections in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday ordered a slew of new restrictions, including re-imposition of night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am in all cities and towns from December 1.

The fine for not wearing masks or following social distancing norms will now attract a fine of Rs 1,000.

As per the fresh restrictions imposed in the state, which will be reviewed on December 15, all hotels, restaurants and marriage palaces can now remain open till 9.30 pm only.

The Chief Minister has also directed the Health and Medical Education Departments to make emergency appointments of specialists, super-specialists, nurses and paramedics to further augment manpower, which was recently strengthened with the recruitment of 249 specialist doctors and 407 medical officers.

Amarinder Singh also warned people in Punjab against letting their guard down under the given circumstances.

Giving details of the new restrictions after a high-level COVID-19 review meeting, an official spokesperson said the fine for not following COVID protocol has been doubled from the present Rs 500.

Given the influx of patients from Delhi in Punjab for treatment, it has also been decided to review and optimize the availability of beds in the state’s private hospitals.

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