Coronavirus Punjab: Ruling out a complete lockdown, for now, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday directed the DCs of the six worst-affected districts to further tighten the micro-containment strategy and ensure 100 percent testing.
Complete lockdown in Punjab is not a solution, as it will lead to exodus of the labourers and force them to go to states with even lesser medical facilities, said Captain Amarinder Singh.
He directed the district administrations to enforce all restrictions strictly and to stop dine-in facility in all high positivity areas, with Covid testing of staff in restaurants by the Health Department.
He stressed teamwork to fight the Covid battle. He also directed the Chief Secretary to look into encouraging retired doctors and nurses, along with final year MBBS students, to rejoin for handling L2/L3 facilities and suggested setting up temporary healthcare facilities in halls/gymnasiums, etc.
The Chief Minister was chairing a virtual emergency meeting to review the coronavirus situation in the six worst-hit districts of Punjab. These districts are Ludhiana, SAS Nagar (Mohali), Jalandhar, Bathinda, Patiala, and Amritsar.
Expressing concern over the fewer number of containment zones in Mohali and two other districts that were among the most badly hit six districts, the Chief Minister ordered immediate steps to strengthen the containment and testing mechanism.
A micro-containment strategy must be strictly implemented and encouraged, he said, directing all district officers to give this their highest priority to control the spread.
Even as he appreciated the good work being done by the officers despite these challenging times, the Chief Minister expressed concern over the fact that 14 districts in the state currently had over 10 percent positivity rate, while 5 had more than 60 percent bed occupancy.
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