Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday ordered strict implementation of lock down on weekends & public holidays as the state continues to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision has been taken amid concerns over the deadly virus reaching the community spread transmission stage in Punjab.
There are projections indicating that the peak in the state is still two months away.
The total number of coronavirus cases in Punjab reached 2,889 with 82 more people testing positive in the last 24 hours.
Singh asked Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta to ensure strict implementation of COVID-19 directives to prevent the gathering of large crowds.
He further reiterated that tough measures were needed in view of the mounting COVID-19 cases in the state, adding that strict protocols were the only way to fight the pandemic attack considering that there is no early vaccine in sight.
he situation in Punjab worsened as the doubling rate in the state worsened from 22 days on May 31 to 15 days on June 10. More than 500 people tested positive in the last ten days.