Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 20
Calling for ‘war-like preparedness’ to cope with the huge Covid spike within the state, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday ordered a collection of emergency measures, together with extension of weekend lockdown with each day night time curfew from 7 pm to five am in all the 167 cities and cities within the state from Friday.
He has additionally ordered a complete ban on all gatherings besides weddings and funerals throughout the state until August 31. Government and personal workplaces will work at 50% capability until the tip of this month, as per the directives issued by the Chief Minister throughout a video convention assembly with high officers to evaluation the Covid scenario within the state, which is witnessing an enormous improve in each day circumstances and a rise in deaths.
Amarinder additionally directed the officers involved to limit public guests in authorities officers and to encourage using on-line grievance redressal system, which has been considerably strengthened by the state authorities to minimise in-person contact with hassle-free on-line engagement.
In the 5 worst affected districts of Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala and SAS Nagar (Mohali), restrictions on vehicular capability have been imposed once more, with buses and different public transport to function with 50% capability and personal four-wheelers not allowed to hold greater than three passengers per car.
The Chief Minister has additionally directed the DCs in these 5 districts to permit solely 50% of the non-essential retailers to open each day to test crowding. These 5 districts are at the moment accounting for 80% of the lively case load within the state.
The Chief Minister directed DGP Dinkar Gupta to strictly implement compliance of guidelines with regard to the variety of individuals allowed to attend weddings and funerals, and likewise to make sure complete ban on political gatherings until August 31, when the scenario might be reviewed. He additionally requested the DGP to crack the whip on all political protests and gatherings, and requested his personal occasion, Punjab Congress, management to implement the ban strictly.
“Enough is enough,” stated Capt Amarinder, including that “we need to be tough without affecting the state’s economic activity.” Pointing to the 920 Covid deaths reported within the state to date, he stated “each death pains me, and the projections for the coming weeks are grim”.
Underlining the necessity to promote public participation in creating consciousness on the measures to test the unfold of Covid, the Chief Minister requested the Health division to advertise public participation (lok sanjheydari) by involving all different departments, NGOs and native politicians to coach the individuals.
The Chief Minister stated the state was in an `well being emergency’ scenario, necessitating harsh measures, which could should be additional intensified within the coming days to curb the Covid unfold. Though the circumstances had been at the moment concentrated primarily in city areas, rural areas had been additionally witnessing a rise, he stated, including that if wanted, journey restrictions could should be imposed.