Not in favour of total lockdown but will consider harsh measures if situation doesn’t improve: Punjab CM

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Not in favour of total lockdown but will consider harsh measures if situation doesn’t improve: Punjab CM

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3

Even as he made it clear that he was not in favour of an entire and harsh lockdown, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday warned folks towards laxity in adherence to the curbs imposed in the state, and mentioned if the situation didn’t enhance he can be compelled to consider a total lockdown.

The Chief Minister mentioned he had to date avoided ordering a sweeping lockdown in the state as a result of it will harm the poor essentially the most and would result in exodus of migrant labourers, plunging industries into chaos once more. However, if the folks don’t stringently adjust to the restrictions in place, harsher steps might need to be taken, he added.

The state is at present in a comfortable lockdown situation, with sturdy curbs in place, with extra restrictions imposed by the federal government on Sunday. DGP Dinkar Gupta instructed the assembly that every one measures had been being taken to implement the present curbs strictly.

Chairing a high-level digital assembly to evaluation the Covid situation, the Chief Minister right now additionally ordered a cease on all take-away deliveries from eating places, which was being utilized by children as a pretext to maneuver out of their properties. Only dwelling deliveries of meals ought to be allowed, he directed the officers. He, nevertheless, gave permission for outlets promoting fertilisers to be open. 

Asserting that he will not enable Punjab to go the best way of another states, the place sufferers could possibly be seen mendacity out on the roads, Chief Minister mentioned Industry ought to be inspired to make use of their CSR funds for vaccination and therapy of their labour affected by delicate or reasonable sickness, in order that they will keep at dwelling, thus lowering strain on hospitals.

Underlining the necessity to step up preparedness amid projections of a peak in the approaching days, the Chief Minister ordered 20% improve in mattress capability in the subsequent 10 days. He directed the Health and Medical Education departments to get stadiums, gymnasiums and different such locations prepared to accommodate sufferers. Tented camps ought to be arrange, and gymnasiums/halls ought to be transformed into L2 and L3 amenities, he mentioned, including that “we have to be prepared for the worst.” He additionally directed use of workers from rural growth and different departments to enhance the workforce for tracing of Covid contacts in rural areas.

The directives got here as Health Minister Balbir Sidhu mentioned the situation was grim with solely 300 beds now obtainable at L3 stage in the state. Hospitals had been getting overwhelmed, he added.

Health Secretary Hussan Lal identified that the state’s positivity charge had on Sunday stood at 12%, with the Malwa area exhibiting improve circumstances in the final 7-10 days. With L3 occupancy 90% and in some circumstances 100%, the situation was grim, he mentioned, including that CFR was near 2% and better (at 2.7%) in rural areas. Home deaths at present had been additionally at 2%. The worrying issue was that 17% of the all deaths had no co-morbid circumstances, he mentioned.

Dr KK Talwar, head of the state’s Covid Expert Committee, harassed the necessity to prioritise monitoring of dwelling isolation circumstances to determine severe sufferers quick, particularly in rural areas. With no readability nonetheless on whether or not mutation was accountable for the present unfold, he additionally underlined the significance of growing L3 mattress capability.

Medical Education Secretary DK Tewari mentioned from 343 in the primary week of April, ICU mattress capability had elevated to 770 and can be additional enhanced to 900 by the top of the week. Total oxygen beds will be elevated from 1500 to 1800 this week and additional to 2000, he disclosed. To increase manpower, 700 MBBS Final yr college students, 90 BDS last yr college students and 70 Senior Residents can be recruited instantly, whereas 86 nurses will additionally be a part of in the subsequent one week, he mentioned, including {that a} total of 473 new recruitments will be made this month.

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