Mohali, February 2: Punjab on Wednesday reported 1,730 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 7,46,837. With 23 deaths, the death toll in the state has mounted to 17,320.
Amritsar reported two deaths, Bathinda one, Fatehgarh Sahib two, Ferozepur two,
Hoshiarpur four, Jalandhar one, Kapurthala one, Ludhiana three and Muktsar, Pathankot Patiala, Ropar and Sangrur one each and Tarn Taran two. As many as 4,869 Covid patients were discharged.
On the other hand, the Punjab Government has extended Covid19 guidelines till February 8. Wearing of masks by all persons in public places, including workplaces etc. will be mandatory and must be strictly observed and enforced. Social distancing ie minimum 6 feet distance for all activities shall always be maintained.
Night curfew will remain in force from 10 pm to 5 am. The Movement of individuals for all non-essential activities shall remain prohibited between 10 pm to 5 am within municipal limits of all cities and towns of Punjab. The district authorities are accordingly asked to issue prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC and ensure strict compliance.
However, essential activities, including the operation of multiple shifts in industry, offices etc. (both government and private), movement of persons and goods on national and state highways and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes will be permitted.
There shall be no restriction on the movement of raw materials, finished goods, personnel etc related to manufacturing of pharmaceutical drugs, including vaccines and medical
devices, diagnostic testing kits etc.
Gatherings shall be limited to 500 persons indoors and 1,000 persons outdoors. This shall also be subject to an upper limit of 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue. These gatherings will be subject to compliance of Covid-appropriate behavior.
All schools, colleges, universities, coaching institutions etc. shall remain closed. However, these institutions are expected to maintain the academic schedule through online teaching. However, medical and nursing colleges may continue to function normally.