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Punjab lifts night, weekend curfews; schools to remain shut

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Photo: @capt_amarinder/Twitter

Chandigarh, July 9 (MNN) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday ordered and end to the weekend and night curfews across the state as the coronavirus positivity rate plummeted to 0.4.

Though schools continue to remain closed, colleges, coaching centres and all other institutions of higher learning shall be allowed to reopen by Deputy Commissioners concerned, subject to submission of certificates that all teaching and non-teaching staff and students had been given at least one dose of vaccination, at least two weeks ago.

Gatherings of 100 persons at indoors events or functions and 200 outdoors would be allowed from July 12.

The Chief Minister ordered for reopening of bars, cinema halls, restaurants, spas, swimming pools, gyms, malls, sports complexes, museums, zoos etc, subject to all eligible staff and visitors taking at least one dose of vaccine.

The CM directed DGP Dinkar Gupta to ensure challan of all political leaders and members of the general public for violating corona curb rules and norms during public rallies and protest meetings.

Reviewing the corona situation in Punjab virtually, the Chief Minister said that it would again be reviewed on July 20.
Strict use of masks must be ensured at all times, he said.

Heath Secretary Hussan Lal said four districts had shown positivity rate of 1 or less than 1, but districts that still needed vigilance were Ludhiana, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Firozepur and Roopnagar.

Referring to 623 mucormycosis or black fungus patients as of July 8, the Chief Minister asked the Health Department to work out a proposal to extend help in the treatment of such patients.

Of these cases, 67 are from outside the state, the Health Secretary told the meeting, adding that 337 cases were under treatment and 154 patients had been discharged. In all, 51 such patients had died.

A maximum of 34 cases were reported on May 27, while average of daily cases in the first week of July stood at 5.

Against 623 cases and 51 confirmed deaths so far of black fungus patients in Punjab, both Haryana and Delhi recorded over 1,600 cases each, and 193 and 236 deaths respectively.

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