Section 144 has been imposed in the state of Haryana considering the growing threat of COVID-19. India thus far has recorded over 200 confirmed cases of coronavirus out of which 5 people have succumbed to the illness. Earlier, Section 144 was imposed in parts of Maharashtra and Odisha to keep people from gathering in large numbers.
With most of the wholesale markets and retail shops witnessing an unprecedented rush in the region, grocery traders on Friday blamed panic buying for creating an artificial shortage of goods, especially non-perishable foods, including canned goods, dry goods and dehydrated foods.
A huge rush of consumers was seen in the Union Territory of Chandigarh and its neighbouring Punjab and Haryana in the wake of the lockdown of towns and cities owing to coronavirus scare.
The city of Lucknow has also been put into lockdown after famous singer Kanika Kapoort, who went to a party in the city tested positive for the virus. Contact tracing is underway. Meanwhile, all eateries, hotels etc will remain close in Lucknow, as per the order of the DM.