Punjab CM gives go-ahead to pilot project for rapid Antigen Testing from next week

Chandigarh, July 3, 2020: Punjab Chief Minister
Captain Amarinder Singh today
gave the go-ahead for launching a
pilot project for Covid-19 rapid antigen
testing from the coming week,
as well as e-registration for persons
entering the state through the
Shambhu border, to ensure strict
monitoring of the thousands of people
coming from the high-risk NCR
region every day.
On successful completion of the
pilot rapid antigen project, which
will cover a minimum of 1000 tests,
such testing would be done on the
migrants coming back to the state in
the wake of reopening of industries
and for work in the paddy fields.
The state government will procure
rapid antigen testing kits to scale up
its Covid testing capacity, which is
even now higher than the Government
of India mandate of 140 tests
per million per day in regions with
positivity factor of less than 10%.
With positivity rate of just 2%,
Punjab is already conducting 242
tests/million/day as part of its comprehensive
strategy to check further
spread of the pandemic.
Notwithstanding the Government
of India’s revised guidelines replacing
home quarantine for domestic
travellers with self-monitoring, the
Chief Minister ruled out any such
move in Punjab in view of the large
number of people coming to the
state every day from Delhi/NCR,
where cases were currently spiralling.
The CM also made it clear that no
vehicle should be allowed to enter
Punjab without a stringent monitoring
mechanism in place.
He was reviewing the Covid situation
in the state with senior government
and health officials through a
Video Conference meeting.
Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan
assured the Chief Minister that strict
monitoring would be ensured of all
entrants, with private players being
roped in to ensure implementation of
home quarantine with phone-based
monitoring and regular visits.
Further, all entrants to the state
would be required to mandatorily
register themselves either on the
COVA app or the government web
portal, and the registration certificate,
with bar code, should be carried
on the vehicle windscreen.
Those without the certificate printout
on their car screens would be
stopped and made to register on the
spot, at the border, before proceeding,
she said, adding that with
requirement of passes done away
with in Unlock 2.0 by the Government
of India, e-registration would
help in monitoring and tracking of
incoming domestic travellers.
The Chief Secretary said that with
the Govt of India gradually withdrawing
from supply of PPE kits
and medicines etc to states and Punjab
receiving only Rs 72 crore so far
this year, the Chief Minister may
need to intervene .

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