The night curfew will last in the four districts till December 15 and comes into effect from November 24. The decision has been taken by the Himachal Pradesh cabinet a few days after a sharp spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in some districts.
Himachal Pradesh on Monday imposed a night curfew in four districts after a sharp rise in coronavirus cases some districts. The state has decided to impose night curfew in Shimla, Mandi, Kullu and Kangra districts from 8 pm to 6 am.
The night curfew will last in the four districts till December 15 and comes into effect from November 24. The decision has been taken by the Himachal Pradesh cabinet a few days after a sharp spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in some districts. A few days ago, an entire village Lahaul-Spiti district had tested positive for coronavirus.
It has also been decided that all schools, colleges and educational institutes in the state will remain closed till December 31. However, online classes will start on November 26. Another decision that was taken during the cabinet meeting was to promote students of classes 1 to 4 and classes 6 and 7 as per provision of the Right to Education Act, 2009.
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Furthermore, the final examination for classes 5,8,9 and 11 will be conducted for all schools in March next year. It is worth mentioning that board examinations for classes 10 and 12 would also be conducted at the same time with 30 per cent relaxation in state board syllabus.
Meanwhile, all government offices have been directed to operate with 50 per cent manpower, on a rotational basis, till December 31, 2020.
The state cabinet also decided to suspend all political rallies and public grievance redressal meetings. No more than 200 people will be allowed to attend public gatherings for outdoor functions and social distancing remains a must.
Notably, the fine for not wearing masks in public places has been increased to Rs 1,000. More strictly applicable to those who do not apply masks in public places. Now the challan will be deducted for 1000 rupees for not wearing a mask.
While Himachal Pradesh has a comparatively lower number of cases in comparison to some of the urban hotspots, it has seen a sharp rise in cases in the month of November. The state now features among the top five states with one of the highest percentage rise in active cases in November.
Alarmed by rapidly rising cases, the central government rushed high-level teams of experts to several states. Himachal Pradesh is one of them. While India’s overall Covid-19 figures are falling steadily since the September surge, many regions are again reporting a high number of deaths and infections due to the deadly virus.
India has so far recorded over 91 lakh coronavirus cases while more than 1.3 lakh people have died in the country after getting infected.