CM rules out further lockdown in Punjab

Chandigarh, June 29, 2020: The Punjab
Chief Minister, Captain
Amarinder Singh, today
hoped that in view of the
current Covid-19 situation
across the state, there would
be no further lockdown and
appealed to the people to
strictly adhere to safety protocols
and restrictions to
save themselves, their families
and the State.
The Chief Minister said
that the State has made elaborate
arrangements to combat
any emergent situation
in the near future.
Sharing the inputs regarding
COVID-19 till June 28,
the Chief Minister said that
there were 5216 confirmed
Corona cases, of which 133
deaths had been reported.
He said as many as 23
patients were in High
Dependency Unit (HDU)
and seven critically illpatients
on ventilators.
He also informed that the
COVID testing capacity
would be enhanced to
20,000 per day by July end,
with four new testing labs,
which was at present around
10,000 per day.
Captain Amarinder said
that the state had adequate
essential equipment to manage
any further spread of the
pandemic, which it had been
largely able to control so far
and he didn’t wish the
stocks to be pulled out of
storage for use as his entire
focus was on saving lives.
Appreciating the spirit of
Punjabis, Capt. Amarinder
called upon them to show
restraint in this hour of crisis
in the larger public interest.
The Chief Minister said
that he was really perturbed,
when he gors through the
daily reports of people challaned
for violating health
safety measures and cautioned
them to abide by the
precautionary health guidelines
not only to ensure their
own safety but of the entire
state too.
He also advised people
not to be callous and misconstrue
the symptoms of
Corona Virus with common
flu, cold, cough, body ache
and fever due to change of
season, rather they should
immediately seek advice
from the doctor to have
timely treatment.
The Chief Minister said
that in the first stage, 4248
beds in government hospitals
had been set aside, with
another 2014 now being
added, while the private
hospitals had allocated 950
beds for Covid patients. The
total number of isolation
centres identified to accommodate
a large number of
cases if the crisis aggravates
stands at 52 government and
195 private, he added.
Of the 554 ventilators
available, the Chief Minister
said that in addition to the
equipment already handed
over to hospitals and other
frontline workers, the
Health Department had
stocks of 5.18 lakh N95
masks, 75.47 lakh triple
layer masks, 2.52 lakh PPE
kits and 2223 oxygen cylinders.
Regarding lay off in private
sector amid COVID-
19, the Chief Minister said
that the labour which had
goneto their home states are
now returning to Punjab as
they envision a job potential
in the state.
He, however, said that the
majority of industrial units
in the state had resumed
operations and would be
soon operating at their optimum
production capacity
and contribute enormously
towards the state’s revenue.
Undoubtedly, the state had
suffered a colossal loss of
revenue of Rs. 33,000 crore
due to corona crisis, the
Chief Minister said. The
Centre didn’t give a single
penny out of Rs. 20 lakh
crore package except Rs.
2200 crore as State’s share
in GST, which was our
legitimate right, he added
The COVID situation in
Punjab was more or less
under control as compared
to states like Maharashtra,
Tamil Nadu and Delhi and
hoped that people’s proactive
participation in tackling
Corona would keep
this disease at bay.

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