The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to clamp Carona curfew (from 10 pm to 5 am) in four districts i.e. Kangra, Una, Solan and Sirmour from April 27 to May 10 in view of surge in COVID-19 cases.

The decision in this regard was taken in a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur at Shimla on Sunday.

It has also been decided to make RTPCR tests within 72 hours mandatory for all people visiting the state or remain in fourteen days home quarantine. People in home quarantine would have option to go for the test after seven days and in case of testing negative further quarantine would not be required.  

The state government has decided to involve rural and urban local bodies for effective enforcement of COVID SOPs and guidelines in their respective areas and empower them to take legal action against the violators to check the pandemic. It was also decided to constitute a special task force at local level to enforce SOPs during religious, social, political and cultural gatherings.

 Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has also directed all Deputy Commissioners to assess the damage to crop from heavy rains,  snow and send the loss report to the state government.

Thakur said, “Untimely snow, hailstorm and rains have caused heavy loss to apple, wheat and peas in many districts of the state which is a matter of concern and asked insurance companies to ass’s loss for the crops covered under insurance scheme for paying compensation to farmers.”

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