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Spike in cases, Punjab curbs indoor, outdoor gatherings

CM empowers Deputy Commissioners to impose nightly curfew in hot places in their districts if required

Amid concerns over the growing COVID-19 trend in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered a ban on gathering 100 persons and 200 people in indoor from 1 March.

Presiding over a high-level virtual meeting to review the situation, the Chief Minister authorized the Deputy Commissioners to impose nighttime curfews in hot spots in their districts, if necessary, to adopt a micro-control strategy. He directed the police to ensure stringent enforcement of wearing masks with notification of COVID-19 monitor of all restaurants, marriage palaces, to make the Excise and Taxation Department the nodal agency.

The Chief Minister said that a decision would be taken after March 1 to reduce the occupation in the cinema hall. Private offices and restaurants will be encouraged to display the final tests performed for all employees.

Directing the test, Captain Singh ordered a mandatory test of 15 contacts per positive, with monitoring by the CPTO and review by the Health Department.

3.23 Expressing concern over the death rate (CFR) in the case, the Chief Minister noted the mortality audit findings that many deaths were occurring within 2–14 days of hospitalization. He underscored the need for continuous monitoring of protocols for the management of patients with co-morbidities, especially in private facilities. Citing cases of some deaths in the home, he directed the Health Department to ensure proper monitoring of cases of home segregation, especially those with co-morbidities.

In a brief presentation, Health Secretary Hussan Lal told the meeting that Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, SAS Nagar and SBS Nagar districts have shown an increase in positivity in recent times, raising concern over a possible fresh wave in the state. Has increased.

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