Punjab’s Director, Industries, Sibin C said the move to set up testing centre in Ludhiana would encourage more industrialists to go for coveralls/PPEs. "Since the testing facility is being provided at the doorstep, more manufacturers would show interest in the coveralls," he said.
The three-member HPC, comprising Punjab State Legal Services (PSLA) Authority chairman Justice R K Jain, Additional Chief Secretary (Jails) R Venkat Ratnam and Additional Director General of Police (Jails) Praveen Kumar Sinha, has “felt” that “it is desirable to further reduce the prison population by around 4000-5000 prisoners”.
Health economist with the Chandigarh-based Centre for Rural and Industrial Development Aswini Kumar Nanda attributed the high positivity rate between persons aged 21 to 40 years to their “more mobility”.
Hoshiarpur district epidemiologist Dr Sailesh Kumar told The Indian Express that BSF personnel at Kharkan camp had arrived from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Dr Kumar said that the BSF personnel arriving at the training centre were "not isolated" and "mingled" at places like the mess.
In the last fortnight, as per the official data, there was a sharp spike in fresh cases with 2,519 new infections reported between June 22 and July 5, nearly double the cases in the previous fortnight.
Officials associated with testing and sampling in Punjab say that “currently, Punjab has a testing capacity of 9,000 samples per day in three government medical colleges”. They were tight-lipped on the CM’s claims, saying it will depend on the timeline to create more testing facilities.
The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authroty has also advised manufacturers and importers to bring down the Medical N 95 mask retail price in public interest due to pandemic conditions prevailing in the country.
There is a massive number of addicts making beelines to Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) centres due to drug supply lines getting choked when Punjab imposed a strict curfew and lockdown to fight Covid-19 pandemic.
Of 119 who tested positive since June 1, only two are symptomatic. Maximum positive cases have been reported from Jalandhar (25) while 59 out of total 180 personnel who tested positive since the outbreak have recovered.
The clean-up operation against illicit liquor production and inter-state smuggling comes at a time when the state is staring at an annual loss of over Rs 600 crore in terms of non-collection of Excise Duty due to curbs to battle Covid-19.