Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 16
With the state persevering with to report excessive Covid positivity and CFR, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday ordered extension of all the prevailing restrictions as much as May 31, with instructions for strict enforcement of all of the curbs.
The Chief Minister stated the DCs will proceed to find out opening of retailers in a staggered method and implement different restrictions to examine unfold of Covid, particularly in rural areas. They may make appropriate amendments primarily based on native situation so long as these don’t dilute the state’s general restrictions, stated the Chief Minister.
The district authorities shall proceed to make sure strict implementation of all of the directives of the MHA/state authorities on Covid-appropriate behaviour, together with social distancing norms, regulating crowds in market locations and public transport, and imposition of penalties prescribed for violation of norms/restrictions.
Reviewing the state’s Covid state of affairs at a high-level assembly, the Chief Minister stated whereas the restrictions to date had proven outcomes, with some decline in day on day positivity and instances coming down from round 9,000 to six,000 in this era, there was want to increase the identical in view of the excessive positivity of 13.1% as of the May 9-15 interval, with CFR standing at 2.4.
The Chief Minister additionally directed the district administrations to analyze complaints of fleecing of sufferers by some personal hospitals, warning that these could be shut down in the event that they proceed to indulge in such practices. Such instances should be strictly handled, he stated, directing the police division to crack down on these discovered indulging in hoarding or black advertising of any Covid associated necessities or medicines.
The Chief Minister additionally expressed concern over the unfold of the brand new fungal dysfunction related to Covid. He harassed the necessity to improve surveillance for this illness as, if it’s not handled early, it may possibly trigger extreme problems.
Dr KK Talwar termed the fungal infections as a critical concern, which could possibly be attributed to both excessive use of steroids or use of undistilled water in Oxygen.
On the provision of oxygen, the Chief Minister stated whereas the state, by means of considered measures, had been in a position to stop any mishap, the state of affairs must be intently monitoring by the well being division. The state authorities had efficiently organized for PSA vegetation, oxygen concentrators, and many others., which is able to additional assist deal with oxygen shortages, he added. The state was anticipating over 2,500 oxygen concentrators on the bottom inside this month, he stated, directing the division to make sure the very best use of the identical.
Amarinder additional directed the Health and Medical Education departments to proceed to make sure that there isn’t a drawback at any level with respect to hospital capability, particularly with regard to L-3 beds.
He requested the DCs to make sure that meals kits are delivered to these in quarantine, reiterating that no one must be allowed to fall asleep hungry. He complimented the DGP on the profitable launch of the ‘Bhojan Helpline’.
The state of affairs continues to be grim, leaving no scope for laxity, stated the Chief Minister, directing DGP Dinkar Gupta to make sure strict compliance of the restrictions, with no deviation to be allowed. (*31*) appreciating the efforts of varied departments in combating the pandemic, he stated the battle continues amid apprehensions of extra potential waves forward.