Punjab Extends Curbs till April 10 amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases,

Punjab Extends Curbs till April 10 amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases,

With Covid-19 cases and deaths continue to rise in Punjab, and the UK strain emerging most prevalently, state Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered extension of curbs till April 10. The chief minister also directed the Health Department to increase the number of vaccination sites to target priority categories on an urgent basis.

Reviewing the Covid situation with the Chief Secretary and other top officials, he said all restrictions that were in place till March 31 will now remain in force till April 10, after which they would be again reviewed. The Chief Minister also ordered the launch of a vaccination drive in the prisons, in the wake of 40 women in Patiala’s Nabha Open Jail testing positive.

Expressing grave concern over the situation, he asked Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan to issue necessary directions for carrying out testing and vaccination in busy market areas, and other crowded places.

All Deputy Commissioners and Civil Surgeons were asked to identify places, such as police lines, colleges and universities, big industrial units, bus stands, and railway stations, etc, where mobile Covid vaccination centres can be set up to ramp up vaccination.

All eligible government employees and other categories which he had requested for inclusion in vaccine coverage such as judges and teachers should be facilitated in getting a vaccination to the extent of being eligible on account of being over 45 years of age, the Chief Minister said.

He directed the pooling of resources available in districts with high number of cases for effective management of the pandemic and vaccination uptake.

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