Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday emphasized the need for 100 percent testing in the micro containment and containment zones using Rapid Antigen Tests to keep the further spread of COVID-19 under check.
The Chief Minister asked the Deputy Commissioners, Commissioners of Police, SSPs and Civil Surgeons to go for a vigorous contact tracing, of at least 10 contacts of each positive case. He also directed testing of persons with multiple contacts on account of their occupations, such as shop workers, mandi workers, and frontline government employees, within this week, declaring that this should be a “Testing Week”.
The Chief Minister also directed that all the offices, business establishments, industrial units and marriage palaces, etc where more than 10 people gather, must appoint ‘COVID Monitors’ to ensure adherence to health and safety protocols meticulously.
Captain Amarinder Singh also exhorted the people who have recovered from this disease to generously donate plasma in the designated plasma banks at Government Medical Colleges of Patiala, Amritsar, and Faridkot to treat the patients infected with Coronavirus.
Captain Amarinder Singh also asked the Chief Secretary to direct the Public Relations department to launch a vigorous publicity campaign to bring awareness amongst the people about the significance of corona testing as at present people were shying away from getting tested due to this stigma.