Dharamshala, March 22 -- A day after Himachal Pradesh reported its first two COVID-19 cases from Kangra, authorities imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC in the district on Saturday to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code bans assembly of four or more people in one place.

Kangra deputy commissioner cum district magistrate Rakesh Prajapati said sSection 144 has been imposed to ensure people maintain a social distance of at least one metre or 3.5 feet from each other to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The assembly of four or more people has been strictly banned everywhere except in hospitals or Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses, he added.

The HRTC buses will run...