Himachal may impose lockdown, if situation remains grim; limits weddings to 20

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Perceiving weddings to be major covid spreader, the government on Thursday restricted the number of persons at a ceremony to 20 and also banned community feasts as a precautionary measure.

All the restrictions, including closure of all educational institutions has been extended till May 10. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, here on Thursday to review the covid situation.

He said if situation continued to remain grim, imposing of lockdown will be decided by the Cabinet.

The government has been compelled to take the decision in view of violations of guidelines at weddings. People were violating the limit of 50 at marriages by inviting people in batches of 50 each. Himachal witnessed the highest fatality figure of 33 deaths on Wednesday and over 2,500 cases.

The chief minister assured that there was no shortage of beds, oxygen and medicines in the state. He said the registration for administering vaccines to those in the 18 to 44 age group had begun but the drive will start subject to availability of vaccine.

“The vaccine drive will be undertaken in a phased manner and staggered manner,” he said.

Source : The Tribune

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