By Lobsang Wangyal
McLEOD GANJ, India, 5 May 2021
The government of Himachal Pradesh announced “Corona curfew” for 10 days due to the unprecedented surge in the number of Coronavirus infections and high fatality rate in the state.
“In order to break the virus chain, the Cabinet decided to impose Corona curfew in the whole State,” a press note from the government said on Wednesday.
The “Corona curfew” will be in effect from midnight of 6 May till 16 May, during which all offices will remain closed, but essential services will be allowed to operate.
The decision was taken at a state cabinet meeting with Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presiding, calling on imposing tough restrictions to fight the virus.
Entry into the state will not be allowed without a negative RT-PCR test report.
All educational institutions will remain closed till the end of the month. The annual examination of class X of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education has been cancelled, but the students will be promoted to class XI.
The state on Tuesday recorded the highest single-day spike of cases, with 3,824 cases and 48 deaths.
Meanwhile the number of cases recorded among Tibetans in Dharamshala is about 190, with three deaths in the second wave, according to Tibetan Settlement Officer, Kunga Tsering.
He said that there are also about 30 people from the Himalayan region who are in Tibetan schools or other institutions that have been infected with the virus.
Within the Tibetan community, the worst affected are in McLeod Ganj and in Gangkyi, the premises of the Central Tibetan Administration.