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Friday, 2 October 2020

Night curfew, Sunday curbs go as cases dip in Punjab

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 1

Amid declining Covid cases and deaths, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday ordered a slew of relaxations, including lifting of night curfew and end to Sunday lockdown, while directing the DGP to strictly enforce wearing of masks and other safety norms.

Ensure Covid norms are followed, dgp told

  • The CM has directed DGP Dinkar Gupta to ensure strict adherence to Covid protocols
  • There should be no laxity, especially in view of the ongoing paddy procurement operations and the forthcoming festival season, Capt said

Among the relaxations announced by the CM are increasing the limit for marriage functions and funerals to 100 in the state, in line with the Central Government's guidelines as well as easing the limit of three persons in a car and 50 per cent capacity in buses, subject to the condition of windows being open.

Task force set up to ensure oxygen supply

To augment the supply and distribution of oxygen amid the pandemic, the state government has set up state and district-level task force to ensure there is no shortfall. It was announced by a spokesperson after a virtual Covid review meet chaired by the CM.

On the issue of reopening of schools and educational institutions, which the Centre had left to the states to decide post October 15 under Unlock 5.0, the final decision will be announced after due deliberations between the Home Secretary and the Education Department.

Monitoring of patients in home isolation

Strict monitoring of asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic Covid patients in home isolation will begin in Punjab from Friday, with the state government engaging a consortium of professional home healthcare companies for the regular monitoring.

During a virtual meeting to review the Covid situation in the state, the Chief Minister took note of the decline in the rising cases/deaths trend and said the restrictions imposed earlier by the state government had helped. However, he expressed concern over the increase in cases in rural areas, though numbers in cities and towns were going down.



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