Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday mentioned a evening curfew will be imposed in the state from December 1 to fight coronavirus amid “apprehensions of the second wave”.
The chief minister in a statement mentioned the evening curfew will stay in force from ten pm and five am, amid apprehension of a second wave of coronavirus in the state.
Announcing a series of fresh restrictions, the CM also ordered doubling of fine for not wearing masks or following social distancing norms from December 1.
The fine for not wearing masks and not following social distancing norms has been hiked from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000.
The curbs, which will be reviewed on December 15, also restrict operation timings for all hotels, restaurants and marriage palaces till 9.30 pm.
The Punjab government has also doubled a fine for not wearing masks or following social distancing norms, according to an official release.
Giving information of the new restrictions following a higher-level state Covid evaluation meeting, an official spokesperson of the Punjab government mentioned fine for now following Covid suitable behaviour will be hiked from the present Rs 500 to Rs 1000.
Given the in-flow of individuals from Delhi for remedy in Punjab, it has also been decided to evaluation and optimise the beds’ availability in the state`s private hospitals.
The Chief Minister has asked Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan to operate with the concerned departments to encourage much more private hospitals to come on board and earmark beds for Covid care.
To additional strengthen the availability of oxygen and ICU beds, Singh has ordered the strengthening of the L-II and L-III, with continuous monitoring of districts that are not equipped with L-III facilities.
The management practices in GMCHs and Civil Hospitals need to also be examined in light of the suggestions of the report received from the professional group, he mentioned.
He also directed the Health and Medical Education departments to make emergency appointments of specialists, super-specialists, nurses and paramedics, to additional augment the manpower which was not too long ago strengthened with the recruitment of 249 specialist medical doctors and 407 health-related officers.
The departments have also been asked to look at preparing fourth and fifth-year MBBS students as reserve and back-up, in case necessary in the future.
On the testing front, the Chief Minister stressed the require to completely utilise the 25,500 everyday RT-PCR testing capacity, and directed targeted and typical testing of possible super spreaders, like government officials. The district hospitals ought to have 24×7 testing accessible, and the exact same ought to also be produced accessible at other practical areas exactly where men and women can conveniently access the exact same, he mentioned.
To make sure that no deaths take spot in household isolation, Singh mentioned the agency hired to appear into these instances need to hold close tabs on such individuals. “While mortality audit was ongoing, it was a matter of satisfaction that the Department was now collecting reasons for placing patients on ventilator by private hospitals, and there was a referral group available to monitor these patients,” he added.