Amid growing concern over the increase in Covid-19 cases in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered a series of restrictions, including capping the limits of indoor and outdoor gatherings, an increase in COVID testing and a nighttime curfew.
The prime minister has capped indoor gatherings at 100 and outdoor gatherings at 200 from March 1, along with strict enforceability of mask wearing and social distancing, with testing at 30,000 per day.
He said a decision to reduce theater occupancy would be taken after March 1.
Presiding over a high-level virtual meeting to take stock of the situation, he also authorized the deputy commissioners to impose a nighttime curfew on hotspots in their districts if necessary, with a micro-containment strategy to adopt.
New COVID-19 restrictions imposed on Punjab:
1. The CM ordered the police to ensure the strict enforcement of the wearing of masks, as well as the notification of Covid-19 monitors by all restaurants, wedding palaces, the Excise and Tax Department to be the agency nodal in this regard.
2. Private offices and restaurants will be encouraged to display the latest tests performed for all employees, he said.
3. Leading the increase in testing, Amarinder Singh ordered mandatory testing of 15 contacts per positive, with review to be undertaken by the Department of Health.
4. In addition, the Chief Minister provided an update on the state of immunization, stressing the need to conduct an information and education campaign (IEC) to promote 100% coverage of health care and services. frontline officers.
5. It instructed the Department of Health to plan a vaccine deployment strategy for the elderly and people with co-morbidities.
6. He underlined the need for continuous monitoring of management protocols for patients with comorbidities, in particular in private establishments.
Chief Secretary Vinni Mahajan ruled out the re-closing of public schools and said the department was taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety of students.
Education Secretary Krishan Kumar said teachers have been appointed as nodal leaders in schools to educate students on the proper use of masks and to ensure proper behavior is observed in COVID.
Earlier, in a brief presentation, Health Secretary Hussan Lal informed the meeting that the districts of Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, SAS Nagar and SBS Nagar had shown a spike in positivity in recent days, sparking concerns about a possible new wave. in the state.
On the vaccination front, he said there had so far been 61 cases of minor adverse events after vaccination, while six severe cases and 14 severe cases had been reported. All had since recovered, he added.
(With contributions from the agency)