Punjab: Curbs on gatherings from March 1; Covid testing to be ramped up

In view of rising circumstances of the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) in Punjab, chief minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered recent restrictions within the state from March 1. The choice was taken after Singh chaired a high-level meeting to overview Covid-19 scenario within the state.

According to the brand new guidelines, the variety of folks allowed in indoor gatherings will be capped at 100, whereas for outside gatherings it would be saved at 200.

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Strict enforcement of Covid-19 applicable behaviour akin to carrying masks and social distancing has to be adopted, the chief minister mentioned, including that testing within the state will be ramped up to 30,000 a day. At least 15 contacts ought to be examined per constructive case, he mentioned, and ordered strict monitoring by Covid Patient Tracking Officers (CPTOs) and overview by the well being division.

Singh additionally authorised the district collectors to impose night time curfews in hotspots of their areas and likewise mentioned a choice on lowering occupancy in cinema halls will be taken after March 1.

“Private offices and restaurants shall be encouraged to display last tests done for all employees,” he mentioned.

Taking stock of vaccination standing, the CM underlined the necessity to perform an info, training, and communication marketing campaign to promote 100 per cent protection of healthcare and frontline employees. He additionally directed the well being division to plan for and strategise the roll-out of vaccines for the aged and people with comorbidities.

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Earlier, in a presentation, well being secretary Hussan Lal mentioned that Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, SAS Nagar and SBS Nagar had proven a spike in positivity in latest days, triggering issues of a potential recent Covid wave within the state.

According to KK Talwar, who’s heading the state authorities’s professional group on Covid, an in depth evaluation was being finished on the latest spike in positivity rate, which urged a rise in circumstances amongst younger folks. At the present rate, the positivity rate may go up to 4% in two weeks, translating into 800 circumstances per day, he mentioned, stressing on the necessity for pressing preventive measures.

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