The Punjab government declared on Wednesday that it would introduce a night curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. across the entire state until April 30 due to an increase in COVID-19 incidents.

Until further notice, the Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government has also outlawed political gathering throughout the province.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had previously warned of tighter controls if the state’s COVID-19 situation, which is experiencing a huge increase in cases and deaths, did not change over the next week.

The situation will be checked again on April 8, and if the COVID-19 spread persists unabated, a decision on further restrictions will be made, he told reporters.

He also emphasized the importance of vigorous vaccination, especially in high-case areas and cities with more than 300 cases.

To combat the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, some states have implemented prohibitions such as lockout, weekend lockdown, and night curfews.

Ahead of Punjab, the Delhi government enforced a night curfew in the national capital on Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The order went into effect immediately and would remain in effect until April 30.

On Monday, Delhi reported 3,548 new Covid-1919 incidents, 2,936 recoveries, and 15 deaths. With this, the cumulative number of cases in the national capital has risen to 6,79,962, with 14,589 active cases.

Amid rising worries about the rapid rise in COVID-19 infections, India reported 1,15,736 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, raising the country’s total to 1,28,01,785.

According to data released by the Health Ministry at 8 a.m., the death toll has risen by 630 to 1,66,177. This is the country’s biggest increase in cases since the pandemic started.

According to the Health Ministry, there are currently 8,43,473 active cases across the nation, with 1,17,92,135 patients discharged, including 59,856 that have been discharged in the last 24 hours.