PGIMER faculty requests administration to cancel curfew relaxation in Chandigarh

Story By: Indre Varnelyte
Saturday, March, 28 2020 - 16:52

Challenging the decision of the Chandigarh administration to relax curfew hours allowing to open all the shops related to chemists, vegetables, fruits, meat, grocery, etc, starting March 28, the Faculty Association of PGIMER, has requested the administration to withdraw the order, saying they strongly opose the move.

"This will defeat the purpose of social distancing and quarantine. It will be impossible to maintain social distancing when the shops are open. The medical fraternity is struggling to ensure steps to contain the spread of the virus, arrange personal protective equipments for the health care staff, arrange special wards/ICUs for the impending epidemic,"  PGI faculty association president J S Thakur said in a statement on Friday.

"In no way we will be able to  handle this disease if it reaches the proportion of countries like Italy, China, etc. Our Prime Minister has announced a package worth crores of rupees to fight this epidemic. All that money will also be of no use, if the epidemic reaches Stage 3 or 4. We don't know under whose able advice this step has been taken,"  J S Thakur said.

Meanwhile, a petition has been filed in the Punjab and Haryana high court against the curfew relaxations in Chandigarh.
Senior advocate DS Patwalia said on Saturday that the high court has been approached as the move could defeat the purpose of social isolation to control the spread of coronavirus.

At present, there is no confirmation if the case has been listed.



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