Punjab CM orders strict enforcement of Covid-19 protocols


Punjab CM orders strict enforcement of Covid-19 protocols: Even as he expressed satisfaction at increased testing in rural areas with many panchayats passing resolutions in support of the government efforts, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered strict enforcement of Covid safety protocols and strengthening of public awareness campaigns across the state.

Punjab CM orders strict enforcement of Covid-19 protocols
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh addresses during a specially convened one-day session amidst the coronavirus pandemic, at the State Assembly in Chandigarh on Aug 28, 2020. The Punjab assembly on Friday passed seven bills with a voice vote during the session.

The Chief Minister expressed concern over the continuing violation by the people of the rules and protocols on safety. Also Read: Vigilance nabs revenue Patwari for taking bribe of Rs. 10000

The state government had no option but to open up but people have to realise their responsibility, he said during a Covid review meet, held through video conference, stressing the need to bring down the case fatality rate (CFR), which remains higher than the national average in Punjab. Also Read: Punjab’s 3 GMCs to participate in phase 3 trials of COVAXIN from Oct 15

Taking serious note of people continuing to not wear masks and not giving up spitting on the roads despite the critical situation in the state, Amarinder Singh directed DGP Dinkar Gupta to ensure punishment for those found violating the rules. Also Read: Ginger announces the Signing of its 2nd Hotel in Guwahati

Nobody knows how long the crisis will continue or what the disease’s side effects really are, pointed out the Chief Minister, directing the departments concerned to step up their efforts to spread public awareness about the problem.

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Punjab CM orders strict enforcement of Covid-19 protocols

Earlier, the DGP said that 5,300 (40 per cent) of the state’s panchayats had passed formal resolutions backing Covid testing, as a result of which the initial resistance showed by public due to widespread disinformation campaigns had eased off. Also Read: Sharekhan forays into discount broking with Espresso

Giving details of the number of police personnel impacted by the disease, Gupta said of the 86 cops who had died due to the infection, 18 had been reported in September, with eight currently on ventilators.

A total of 1,233 cops had tested Covid positive so far, he added.

The DGP said the Police Department was appointing a nodal officer to expedite disbursement of Rs 50 lakh compensation, as announced earlier by the Chief Minister, to the families of police personnel who had lost their lives in the fight against Covid.


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