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Punjab corona curbs extended till May 31, CM orders strict enforcement

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. File Photo

Chandigarh, May 16 (MNN) As Punjab continues to report high coronavirus positivity and fatality rates, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday ordered extension of all existing restrictions up to May 31, with directions for strict enforcement of all the curbs.

The DCs would continue to decide on opening of shops in a staggered manner and enforce other restrictions to check corona spread, especially in rural areas.

They can also make suitable amendments based on local condition as long as these do not dilute the state’s overall restrictions, said the Chief Minister.

The district authorities shall continue to ensure strict implementation of all the directives of the MHA/state government on Covid appropriate behaviour, including social distancing norms, regulating crowds in market places and public transport, and imposition of penalties prescribed for violation of norms and restrictions.

Reviewing the state’s Covid situation at a meeting, he said that while the restrictions so far had shown results, with some decline in positivity rate and cases coming down from around 9,000 to 6,000 per day in this period, there was need to extend the same in view of the high positivity rate of 13.1 in the May 9-15 period, with CFR standing at 2.4.

Amarinder Singh also directed district administrations to investigate complaints of fleecing of patients by some private hospitals, and warned that these would be shut down if they continued to indulge in such malpractices.

Such cases have to be strictly dealt with, he said, directing the police to crack down on those found indulging in hoarding or black marketing of Covid-related essentials or medicines.

The Chief Minister said that the state was expecting over 2,500 oxygen concentrators on the ground within this month.

He directed the Health and Medical Education departments to continue to ensure that there was no problem with respect to hospital capacity, especially with regard to L-3 beds.

Amarinder Singh also asked the DCs to ensure that food kits were delivered to those in quarantine or home isolation, reiterating that nobody should go hungry.

He complimented DGP Dinkar Gupta on the successful launch of the `Bhojan Helpline’.

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