Coronavirus Punjab News: While announcing several measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday asked the DGP and Health Department to take people not wearing masks in public to the nearest RT-PCR testing centre.
Even as the Punjab Congress announced that it would not hold any political gatherings for the next two weeks in view of the spike in coronavirus cases in the state.
This was announced by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh at a review meeting on the Covid situation in Punjab.
The Chief Minister also appealed to other political parties and their leaders to keep their gatherings within the prescribed numbers ie 50 percent of capacity, subject to a maximum of 100 in closed and 200 in open spaces.
However, no political gatherings have been allowed to take place in the most affected districts, he said.
Also, the Chief Minister ordered compulsory enforcement of the wearing of Face Masks in the state. He directed the Police and Health authorities to take all those moving around and loitering in public areas, and on the roads and streets, without face masks, to the nearest RT-PCR Testing Facility for taking nasopharyngeal swabs to ensure that they are not asymptomatic Covid cases.
The rise in cases was a matter of serious concern, particularly in the rural areas which had seen much fewer cases last year, he said, directing the concerned departments to launch awareness campaigns in villages.
Earlier, Health Minister Balbir Sidhu had said that the Covid cases were now almost equally divided between urban and rural areas.
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